Update:see previous post – September 6, 2011 School Begins – Slow Down and Be Cautious
Tuesday, September 6, 2011 − Friday, September 16, 2011, Back to School Campaign, “Getting Them Back Safely is Everyone’s Responsibility”
On Friday, September 16, 2011, the Toronto Police Service concluded its two−week back−to−school “Getting Them Back Safely is Everyone’s Responsibility” safety campaign.
The goal of this campaign was to raise awareness through education and enforcement and reduce the risk of injury to pedestrians, cyclist, transit users and motorists.
Police and Parking Enforcement Officers from across the city were paying particular attention to those road users who were committing offences in the vicinity of school and community safety zones.
Offence tickets issued:
− 7,082 tickets for speeding offences,
− 183 charges for careless driving,
− 331 tickets to pedestrians,
− 348 tickets to motorists for disobeying crossing guards, pedestrian crossovers and signalized crosswalks,
− 96 charges for disobeying school bus signals,
− 3,090 tickets to motorists for offences such as disobeying traffic signals, following too closely and disobeying signs,
− 467 tickets for seatbelt offences,
− an additional 846 parking offences were issued for interfering with the safe use of pedestrian crosswalks, crossovers and school zones.
During the same campaign at this time of year, in 2010, 31 people had died in fatal collisions on the streets of Toronto – fourteen (14) of them had been pedestrians.
Seatbelt violations were found with 633 tickets issued in 2010.
During the two-week campaign in 2010:
– 9,102 tickets were issued for speeding
– 200 charges of careless driving were laid
– 283 tickets were issued to drivers who were disobeying school crossing guards, pedestrian cross-over violations and signalized crosswalks putting the lives of school age children in jeopardy.
– 4,274 tickets were issued to motorists for disobeying traffic signals, following too closely and disobeying signs.
– 303 tickets were issued to pedestrians who violated a number of different laws.
The campaign (“Getting Them Back Safely is Everyone’s Responsibility” safety) is dedicated to educating pedestrians as well as motorists, paying particular attention to children’s safety. Parents and caregivers should review pedestrian safety with their children, regardless of their age, and reinforce the basic guidelines of “Stop, Look and Listen” when crossing the street.
The Toronto Police Service enforces the law vigorously against motorists who speed or exhibit aggressive driving behaviour, in particular within school and community safety zones. Police and Parking Enforcement Officers across the city will be paying attention to those motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of school zones.
It is vitally important that parents/caregivers lead by example when it comes to road safety.
Here are some traffic tips to help promote the safe arrival and departure of children at our schools:
Traffic safety tips: motorists
1. Slow down and be patient in school zones
2. Be prepared to stop
3. Look for pedestrians before making a turn
4. Do not obstruct school−bus loading zones
5. Obey all traffic and parking regulations
Traffic safety tips: pedestrians
1. Plan your route and take your time
2. Remain alert to your surroundings − be predictable and visible
3. Walk your child to school − park a block away and walk to avoid congestion.
4. Cross at controlled locations when possible
5. Avoid crossing mid−block
6. Use pedestrian crossovers properly
To learn more about the Toronto Police Service Traffic Services Safety Program that aims to reduce pedestrian injury and death through education and awareness, please click here. Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at: Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog.