Car-pedestrian collision tracking changes in Halifax
Minor accidents will be reported monthly
Halifax Regional Police hope that improving the way they track car-pedestrian collisions will eventually reduce the number of accidents.
A new tracking system began last year, but this month police made some refinements.
Police say they will no longer release individual car-pedestrian collisions publicly when no one is injured.
All incidents will still be tracked, but minor mishaps will be reported monthly.
“It was a lot of information, but there was also a lack of analytical data behind it. So the fact that we had so many [media] releases did not give any more information to people than just the fact that there was an incident... We do believe it will be [a] simplified way for the public to understand what's happening in the city," said police spokesperson Const. Pierre Bourdages.
"With that new way, we’ll have a better understanding of what is exactly happening. Hopefully it will make changes to bring these numbers down."
Janet Barlow, chair of Halifax's crosswalk safety advisory committee, says the improved reports will help them.
“With the better data, I think we can look at the numbers and target our efforts and really make a difference,” she said.
So far this year, there have been 121 car-pedestrian collisions compared to 72 in the same time period in 2013.
Barlow says it could be a couple more years before accurate comparisons can be made to see if education campaigns are helping.
The advisory committee is planning a crosswalk safety day in the late fall. This is when the number of students in the city and the diminishing hours of daylight tends to increase the number of collisions.