Senior pedestrians are more at risk of being involved in a serious or fatal accident. Adopting safe habits is essential to avoid the worst.
As people age, their physical, sensory and cognitive abilities decrease, which may affect them when getting around on foot:
This explains why elderly pedestrians are overrepresented in statistics and are often more seriously injured than younger victims.
Senior pedestrians: scan your environment and take your abilities into account
Various factors may influence your safety, such as:
Pedestrians are often involved in traffic accidents because they fail to obey the Highway Safety Code or are distracted.
It is essential that you adopt safe habits, such as:
When getting around on foot, visibility is important!
Darkness is a pedestrian's enemy, because it prevents motorists from seeing them properly. This is also the case when it is raining or snowing.
More than a third (36%) of traffic accidents in which an elderly pedestrian (age 65 or older) was killed occurred during the fall months (average from 2010 to 2014).
To be visible when it is dark, wear brightly coloured clothing or reflective strips.
If you live on the island of Montréal, turning right on a red light is prohibited everywhere. However, you should still check to make sure the way is clear before crossing!
In most towns and villages across Québec, drivers may turn right on a red light, except where prohibited by a sign.
Heavy vehicle blind spots are to blame for several accidents involving pedestrians, especially at intersections.
When you are at an intersection, follow these safety rules:
A truck driver has little chance of hearing you if you try to make your presence known.
At an intersection, if there are pedestrian lights and traffic lights, obey the pedestrian lights.
|Stay within the two white crosswalk lines or parallel pavement markings when crossing the road. The numerical countdown indicates the time you have left to cross.|
The flashing hand symbol with a countdown indicates that you should only begin to cross if you are able to reach the other side before the hand stays orange. If you have already begun crossing, hurry up.
|Do not cross.|
|You are allowed to cross if the light facing you is green, and you have the right of way once you are on the roadway.|
|You have priority over motorists, who must bring their vehicle to a stop and yield the right of way.|
See our section entitled On Foot.
|Pedestrian crosswalks are enclosed within yellow pavement markings and identified by a sign. These crosswalks are located away from intersections, where there are no stop signs or traffic lights. Before crossing at a crosswalk, make sure you can do so safely. You have the right of way when you begin crossing the road; motorists and cyclists must stop to let you cross.|
Pedestrians are not immune to fines
Failure to obey pedestrian rules (such as pedestrian lights or signs and signals) could make you liable to a fine of $15 to $30, in addition to legal costs.
When out walking, you must share the road with other users. Do so with respect and courtesy.