Police Raising Alarm After Shocking Number of Pedestrians Killed in Under 24 Hours

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Police are concerned following a tragic 18-hour period in which four pedestrians were struck by vehicles.

Three of the four victims died.

Staff Sergeant Gary Carty, Peel Regional Police Major Collision Bureau, called the incidents "sad and preventable.

On December 4 and 5, four pedestrians were struck in separate incidents across Brampton and Mississauga.

Police say this brings the total number of vehicular fatalities on Peel roads in 2018 to 37.

Eighteen of the victims were pedestrians, two were cyclists and the remaining 17 were either

passengers or drivers of motor vehicles.

"We need everyone to get the message; whether on foot, bicycle or behind the wheel; stay alert, pay attention to traffic and follow the rules of the road. Road safety is a shared responsibility between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers," police say.

Here are five safety tips that all pedestrians and cyclists should follow, courtesy of Peel police:

  • Cross at a marked crosswalk when signalled to do so.
  • Look both ways before crossing and make eye contact with drivers.
  • Be aware of engine noise and reverse lights on vehicles.
  • Wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Keep your head up and headphones off when crossing the road.
  • For drivers, it's key to reduce distraction in the vehicle, make eye contact with pedestrians when they are waiting to cross and pause before moving ahead when unsure of their direction.

"Deadly collisions on our streets are preventable, when it comes to road safety it's about everyone working together and making smart choices," police say.

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