I was very disappointed to read your Editorial in the Thursday, February 5 edition of The Standard (‘Speed up slowing down’).
The Highway Traffic Act, Section 179 regulates pedestrians using highways:
“Duties of pedestrian when walking along highway
179. (1) Where sidewalks are not provided on a highway, a pedestrian walking along the highway shall walk on the left side thereof facing oncoming traffic and, when walking along the roadway, shall walk as close to the left edge thereof as possible. R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 179 (1).”
Unfortunately, this section only applies when there are no sidewalks! It needs to be amended. Pedestrians should be required to use sidewalks at all times.
Since moving to Port Perry 12 Years ago, I am amazed at the number of pedestrians who walk on the roadway even when there are sidewalks. Many of them also walk with their backs to the traffic, often two or three abreast. They seem to think that they have a right to use the roadway any way they want.
What we need is not lower speed limits (which are too low anyway) but better pedestrian education and police enforcement of this section.
Why is it that the car drivers are always the bad guys?
Alan B. Graham