Police charge driver in pedestrian/vehicle collision

Police have charged the driver in pedestrian/vehicle collision that occurred yesterday in Dartmouth.

At approximately 6 p.m. last evening officers responded to a report of a pedestrian/vehicle collision that had occurred at the intersection of Thistle Street and Victoria Road in Dartmouth.​

A pickup truck that was in the northbound lanes of Victoria Road turned onto Thistle Street striking a 76-year-old woman who was attempting to cross Thistle Street in a marked crosswalk.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital by ambulance for non-life-threatening-injuries. The driver, a 29-year-old Dartmouth woman, was charged for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failing to provide proof of valid insurance.

The driver is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court at a later date to face the charges.

Police would like to remind pedestrians and motorists that we all have a role in keeping each other safe on our roads. Some helpful reminders for intersection safety are listed below:

  • If available push the button to use overhead flashing lights for extra visibility.
  • Look all ways before you cross the street. Just because you have a walk light doesn’t mean a vehicle can or will stop.
  • Pedestrians and drivers should make eye contact and watch out for each other.
  • Don’t start to cross when hand is flashing or the countdown timer has started, it’s against the law. But if you’ve already started to cross when the hand starts flashing or countdown timer begins, don’t worry, you can still finish your crossing.
  • Every intersection has a crosswalk. Some are marked, others aren’t.​ Either way, drivers must stop for pedestrians waiting to cross or when they’re already in a crosswalk.
  • Whether driving or walking, pay attention to what you’re doing. It’s against the law to have a cell phone in hand while driving, unless you’re calling 9-1-1.
  • If you’re turning left or right on a green light, make sure no pedestrians are crossing before you proceed.


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