Statistics released by Manitoba Public Insurance today show almost 55 per cent of all vehicle-pedestrian collisions happen at intersections.
MPI said its data show between 2007-2011 a total of 1,857 pedestrians ─ mostly adults ─ were injured as the result of being hit by a vehicle, while another 78 pedestrians were killed.
"The claims data from these intersections suggest both drivers and pedestrians need to be aware of the potential for a collision," MPI’s vice-president of community and corporate relations MaryAnn Kempe said in a statement. "Many of these vehicle/pedestrian collisions could have been prevented. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross intersections defensively and always watch for turning vehicles."
RCMP said today on average, 22 per cent of fatal crashes each year in rural Manitoba happen at intersections, which equates to about 16 people being killed every year.
Mounties said while speed, alcohol and lack of seatbelt use account for many collisions, intersections are inherently dangerous.
They said in many crashes, drivers fail to pay due care and attention when entering intersections.
"Behind every statistic is a real person," RCMP "D" Division Traffic Services Insp. Joanne Keeping said. "Road safety is a shared responsibility and we all need to do our part."
MPI said pedestrians also must pay attention when crossing a street and minimize their time in the roadway.
"Drivers must be aware of their surroundings," Kempe added. "Pedestrians are entitled to cross roadways.
RCMP cautioned drivers to come to a full stop at any marked intersection. Under the Highway Traffic Act, the fine for failing to stop at a stop sign or red light is $203.80.