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MPI reminding pedestrians, motorists to be careful

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More pedestrians are struck and killed on Saturdays than any other day of the week, according to Manitoba Public Insurance statistics.

The vehicle insurer says about 25 per cent of pedestrian deaths in Manitoba occur on that day.

On average, about 16 Manitobans are killed each year," said MaryAnn Kempe, vice-president of community and corporate relations for MPI.

"Many of these deaths could have been prevented. With the goal to reduce collisions, Manitoba Public Insurance is putting out a call of action to both pedestrians and motorists to exercise care and caution," she said.

About 370 pedestrians are injured yearly in Manitoba after being struck by a motor vehicle.

MPI is offering these safety tips to help reduced the that number:

  • Cross intersections defensively. Always watch for turning vehicles. You have the legal right to be there, but that doesn’t protect you from the carelessness of some motorists.
  • When crossing the street, regardless of the availability of signals, cross as quickly as possible. Minimize your time in the roadway.
  • No matter what age you are, it is important to stop at the curb and look left-right and left again before stepping out into the street even when the light is green and the signal says "walk".
  • Before stepping off the curb, make sure that all vehicles in the roadway have stopped for you and that all drivers can see you. Just because one car has stopped does not mean that a car coming from behind or in an adjacent lane will stop.
  • Do everything possible to increase your chances of seeing and being seen by drivers at night. Use the best lit streets available, use a light or wear or carry reflective or bright coloured clothing. Fabric retro-reflective tape worn around the arm can make a pedestrian visible to a driver at 200 metres instead of 45 metres.
  • Hold small children by the hand when crossing.

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