Distracted Walking – local pols get it wrong.

From closerangesafetytips.wordpress.com

Two local politicians apparently are so confused in their thinking that they can’t distinguish between the dangers posed by a pair of feet and a car. Both Councillor Frances Nunziata and Etobicoke MPP, Yvan Baker seem to believe that distracted drivers present the same danger to life and limb as Instagram-surfing seniors. Baker wants to pass a law that would penalize distracted pedestrians. Neither he nor Ms Nunziata seem to have bothered reading the studies that have shown distracted pedestrians pose a threat only to their auto-correct software. It’s no surprise that the two politicians live in the outer suburbs and have the mentality that cars are the only way to travel. Had Ms. Nunziata, and for that matter the Liberal Party of Ontario, supported decent funding for the TTC during their respective decades in office, young Mr. Baker might not feel the need to drive from Etobicoke to Queens Park on a regular basis – presumably while carefully avoiding legions of zombified pedestrians hurling themselves at his car.

The Star goes into fuller detail here, noting that most pedestrians killed and injured on our streets are seniors and more likely to be focussed on surviving the all-too-brief pedestrian crossing times rather than sexting their besties.

6 thoughts on “Distracted Walking – local pols get it wrong.”

  1. Roy, lets get real here. The point is that there should be accountability all around, whether you are on foot or driving a car. I have young children and when I see the degree of inattentiveness of young people (and adults too) listening to their headphones looking down at their screens when crossing the road that are totally clueless to their surroundings, kills me. Why do we teach our kids from when they are young to always look both ways when crossing the street and to always be aware of your surroundings? Maybe living in an idealistic utopian world where “accidents” don’t happen and their is no fault to the human condition you may be right, but unfortunately that is not the world we live in. Lets start putting responsibility on everyone to be aware of your surroundings at all times like I teach my children everyday and will continue to do so.

    1. Your childrens’ attention is not equivalent to the attention of a person steering two tons of metal around the neighbourhood and that was basically my point. Yes, teach children to be attentive but by far the greater onus belongs to the licensed driver behind the wheel. Many an unsuspecting pedestrian or cyclist has been injured or killed by an inattentive driver. Inattentive pedestrians largely create problems for themselves.
      We license and test drivers precisely because of this added burden of responsibility.

    2. If you are already teaching your young children not to walk and text, what is your problem? When I was young, I often walked and read, or walked and ate, even walked chewed gum and talked, all with no accidents.

  2. Drivers are distracted. On Friday morning, 7 pedestrians and 1 cyclist were hit by cars in the city. This is dangerous machinery that we are licensed to use, and vigilantly. Enforce distracted driving laws!

  3. Hey, all valid points.

    And, no question about it..
    We’re ALL very much distracted, moment by moment.

    Just take a look around – no one is attentive to the inherent dangers lurking.

    Time to take responsibility for our actions – pay attention!

    Monday’s noon hour program “Ontario Today” (on CBC Radio 1) dealt with this topic, fairly.
    And, right out of the gate – a story told about a young woman who walked right into the side of a truck.

    Killed her.

    Apparently (and for what it’s worth), not the driver’s fault, in this case.

    Right or wrong – she’s dead.

    So, bottom line, take more responsibility – drivers, cyclists, pedestrians.

    Pay attention..
    and maybe you’ll avoid becoming a stat.

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