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Thursday August 9, 2018

In Memorandum - The Sullivan’s Pond Geese and Crosswalk Safety

Authored by: Luke C. Godin Authored by: David S.R. Parker Posted in: Personal Injury

If you’re from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, August 9, 2017 might be engrained in your memory. On that fateful day, two resident geese were killed by a vehicle while crossing the street near their home at Sullivan’s Pond. These geese had become somewhat of a legend in Dartmouth and were considered community mascots by many. Understandably, Dartmouth residents were upset by their deaths.

The outpouring of anger against the offending driver (who was found not at fault for the incident) was swift and harsh—with some calling for vigilantism.  For anyone outside of the city, the reaction to the death of the geese might have seemed, well, a little over the top. It’s fair to say that much of the online comments and discussion went too far. That said, there are good reasons for Dartmouth residents to be angry about a crosswalk accident — 225 of them to be exact. This is the number of vehicle/ pedestrian accidents that occurred throughout Halifax Regional Municipality in 2017[1]. Most of these incidents (68%)[2] occurred within crosswalks. That, I suggest, is something worth talking about on twitter. So, on the anniversary of their deaths, lets pay tribute to the Sullivan’s Pond Geese (R.I.P) by revisiting a few crosswalk safety tips[3] for drivers, pedestrians and well, geese:

  1. Tips for Pedestrians

      2. Tips for Drivers

*The subject of pedestrian/vehicle collisions is a serious one. Unfortunately, these collisions often result in serious injuries or death.

Take time to remind yourself and your loved ones of these safety tips. For more information and tips look to the “Heads up Halifax” campaign. Last, if you or someone you know is involved in a pedestrian/ vehicle accident, speak to a lawyer who can protect your rights

[1] https://www.halifax.ca/home/news/december-vehiclepedestrian-collision-stats-0

[2] Ibid

[3] These tips were initially published by David S.R. Parker, personal injury lawyer and partner at BOYNECLARKE LLP.

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