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Five pedestrians die in traffic accidents in five weeks

We've all been watching stories in the news about people being struck by cars. Having been a policeman for more than 30 years, it is never easy informing a family that a loved one has been seriously injured or killed in an accident. It's particularly tragic this time of year.

I'm going to share with you some alarming stats on fatal pedestrian collisions. Over the past 10 years, over 100 people have died on our streets in collisions. So far in 2012, we have had 19 fatals, 11 of which were pedestrians. In the last five weeks alone, we have had five pedestrians die.

I have directed my officers to enhance enforcement around pedestrians and drivers at intersections and crosswalks. Reflective wristbands will be available at Vancouver Community Policing Centres to help pedestrians be seen at night.

We will continue to work with the City and ICBC to make our roads safer. I encourage you to visit our website and learn more about pedestrian safety on PedWatch, a joint initiative with ICBC.

We need your help to prevent another family from receiving a knock on the door by a police officer and to get everyone home safely this Christmas season.

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