So this is what it's come to? Ten people die in nine days and somehow it's the pedestrian's fault?
I wonder: why does the Toronto Police Service feel the need to protect us from ourselves? Aren't the police supposed to protect us from other people?
While some of the recent pedestrian deaths may well have been due to the carelessness of the pedestrians involved, it is the faster, heavier cars and trucks that provide the real danger.
Token punitive measures will never provide a disincentive to jaywalkers. I jaywalk at Front and Princess because the lights take so long to change and because I have a clear view of the road. I jaywalk at Front and Church because the lights are improperly timed.
Jaywalking is part of our urban culture - prevalent in Europe and Montreal and part of how safe streets work.
When you compartmentalize downtown traffic too much, you create more incentives for cars to speed. And faster cars mean only one thing: more deaths.
I have never had a single close call with a car while jaywalking. But crossing at the lights? And at STOP signs? I have two or three incidents a week!
Why don't the Toronto Police stand at the lights and ticket drivers blocking the intersection? Why don't they ticket the idiots who nudge closer to my kneecaps as I scamper between the lines? Might I suggest a blitz at Jarvis and Front, one day during the week? Rush hour should prove particularly profitable.
You will never 'educate' pedestrians by punishing them. The solution to pedestrian deaths is to implement pedestrian friendly light signals and streets that are safer-by-design. Until then I'm going to keep on crossing - with or without a cross walk.
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