09/27/2012 02:15 EDT | Updated 11/27/2012 05:12 EST

Curb distractions when crossing street, police say

Distractions can put pedestrians at risk when they are trying to cross busy city streets and police are urging the public to put away their phones and mobile devices when doing so.

Toronto police were out on the corners of 13 city intersections on Thursday morning in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of being distracted by phones, music players and other electronic devices.

Brittany Taylor, 23, was hit last month when crossing a street mid-block near the intersection of Pape and Danforth avenues.

She was listening to her iPod when she was hit by a van. The collision shattered her knee bone.

"It hits you pretty hard when something like this happens, you start realizing life is shorter than you think, so don’t rush it," she told CBC News in an interview Thursday.

Police say seven people have died in Toronto this year after vehicles that were turning hit them at intersections.