Two pedestrians struck by vehicle on McKeown Avenue at Cartier Plaza
North Bay Police were immediately dispatched to McKeown Avenue at Cartier Plaza on Wednesday December 9th at 5:50 p.m. following a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle collision involving two pedestrians.
Following an investigation, North Bay Police issued a provincial offence notice to the 63-year old female driver of an SUV for failing to yield to pedestrian contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
It is alleged that while she was turning left from the McKeown Commons shopping area onto McKeown Avenue, the driver struck a male and a female, both teenagers, both from North Bay. The two victims, who had the right of way, were crossing McKeown Avenue within the crosswalk from Cartier Plaza towards the McKeown Commons at the time.
Both victims sustained non-life threatening injuries and both were transported to hospital by ambulance.
Pedestrian struck on Algonquin at Lansdowne Avenues
At 6:11 p.m. on Wednesday December 9th, North Bay Police were dispatched to Algonquin at Lansdowne Avenues following a report of a collision involving a pedestrian.
Following an investigation, North Bay Police issued a provincial offence notice to the 47-year old male driver of a pickup truck for failing to yield to pedestrian contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.
It is alleged that while he was turning left from Norwood Avenue onto Algonquin Avenue, the driver struck a 39-year old male pedestrian who was crossing Algonquin from Lansdowne to Norwood within the crosswalk and with right of way. The pedestrian sustained minor injuries. Ambulance assistance was not required.
ROAD SAFETY TIPS
Everyone is responsible for keeping our roads safe.
Drivers are reminded to:
• Always look for pedestrians, especially when turning.
• Watch for children. Drive slowly and cautiously through school zones, residential areas, or any other area where children could be walking or playing.
• Be patient, especially with seniors or persons with disabilities who need more time to cross the road.
• Always be ready to stop for pedestrians making sudden or unexpected moves.
• Make sure the way is clear before entering or leaving driveways.
Pedestrians are reminded to:
• Look both ways before you cross the road and only proceed at intersections and within crosswalks.
• Always respect pedestrian traffic lights.
• Never cross in the middle of the road, between parked cars or when traffic signals indicate for you to stop.
• Make sure drivers see you before you cross. If the driver is stopped, make eye contact before you cross to ensure your safety.
• Watch for traffic turning at intersections or turning into or leaving driveways.
• Wear bright, light-coloured or reflective clothing, especially at dusk or when it’s dark.
The North Bay Police Service has also received complaints regarding cyclists who are not respecting the rules of the road. Cyclists are reminded that under the Highway Traffic Act, a bicycle is a vehicle.
• must not ride their bicycle on sidewalks;
• must have and use a white front light and a red rear light or reflector when riding between one-half hour before sunset and one-half hour after sunrise;
• must ride on the right-hand side of the road, as close to the right edge of the road as possible;
• must obey all traffic laws, including stops at stop signs and red lights;
• must ride only in the designated direction on one-way streets;
• must have a working bell or horn on their bicycle;
• must wear a helmet, if under age 18. (Note that although wearing a helmet is not compulsory for adults age 18 and over, the North Bay Police Service recommends that all cyclists wear helmets.)
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation offers excellent safe cycling guides for adults and young cyclists, including instructions on hand signals.