Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Rose Leto talks about jaywalking with Global News Toronto

In today's episode of Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers' Rose Leto talks about jaywalking with Global News Toronto. Listen to the podcast or watch the video

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Rose Leto:

So have you done it? Cause I've done it.

Yes. I mean, everybody does it.

When was your first time?

Kind of as a kid? Probably.

We're talking about jaywalking, and it's everywhere.

No one really knows what the rules are, and I think that would be helpful if they were much clearer.

Pedestrian advocate, Dillon Reed feels it's not such a bad thing as long as you're not overstepping the law.

If you're at a crosswalk and you start walking when that "Do not walk" sign comes up, that's a ticketable offense.

But if you're mid-block, it gets a little gray because according to the law, as long as you're not interfering with traffic and yield the right away, you may not be running, or should I say walking afoul of any laws.

Nowhere is it defined how far from a crosswalk do you need to be to have to use the crosswalk, and nowhere is it defined what yield right of way means and how far that car has to be.

If cars to slow down for you, that's dangerous.

In Toronto, the number of traffic-related pedestrian injuries has fallen between 2010 and 2014. The number of fatalities, however, was up during that same timeframe.

The vast majority of pedestrians who are hit by cars are crossing with the light out of the marked crosswalk. And they're hit by cars that are turning.

Now even though data reveals that pedestrian collisions with vehicles are more common right here at the intersection, they're more fatal here, mid-block.

The research found that mid-block collisions are five times more likely to result in a fatality. At mid-block, vehicles are moving faster, so jaywalking exposes the pedestrians to greater risk.

A gamble people often take.

An intersection even while doing this interview on jaywalking. Notice the guy behind our subject.

People crossing the middle of the block is something that happens in cities all over the world as part of the urban experience.

One that should be exercised with care, namely when there are no cars around and in a city like Toronto. Good luck with us. Peter Kim, Global News.

 

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