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Toronto police launch traffic blitz on Danforth

Toronto police are targeting drivers who don’t stop for pedestrians and cyclists with a blitz in the city’s east end.

The operation, dubbed “Intersection Look Out,” kicks off at 10 a.m. Thursday at Danforth and Coxwell avenues.

Officers from 54 and 55 divisions and mounted police will patrol the strip of Danforth between Victoria Park and Broadview and pull over drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians and cyclists or stop when they should.

According to the city, more than 2,300 pedestrians are hit by cars every year in Toronto — an average of six people a day — and half of those killed on the road are pedestrians.

Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s chief medical officer of health, has called on the city to lower speed limits to reduce accidents involving pedestrians.