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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Halifax Police targeting pedestrians

Posted on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 at 4:00 AM

This morning I was at a downtown crosswalk. My light was clearly red. I looked both ways, and there weren't any cars in either direction as far as the eye could see (3 blocks or more). I did what many people would do and I crossed on the red light. As it turned out there was an undercover police officer stationed at that corner, specifically to target pedestrian violations. Why all the focus and resources to crackdown on pedestrians lately? I won't believe that it's related to all the crosswalk injuries, because almost 100% of those are driver errors when the pedestrian has the right of way. Insurance industry statistics were recently released that showed Halifax had the worst motor vehicle accident rate in Canada. 86th out of 86. Why on earth would the HRP be so focussed on punishing pedestrians? It's almost like they want to discourage walking. —Glenn

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