The school year begins again (for most students) and as such, our children and grandchildren will be on everywhere, playing, walking, cycling, skateboarding and running. Cyclists and motorists alike will have to exercise patience and good judgement.
This year, between June 9 and 22, 2009 Toronto Police conducted a campaign which they named “Cycle Right“. The campaign was designed to educate cyclists about the consequences of aggressive driving on their bikes and to follow the traffic laws in place. Apparently Police laid over 2,200 charges and cautioned approximately 800 cyclists. See the 2008 results of the Toronto Police Bicycle Safety Blitz.
Toronto Police Services “54 Division” officers have commenced a campaign called “Safe Cycling“. It began on September 3, 2009 at 7:00 a.m. at the Broadview Avenue and Danforth Avenue intersection, where officers were observed handing out safe cycling pamphlets to cyclists. The campaign’s objective is to promote awareness and education and reducing cycle-related injuries. Officers stationed at 54 Division wants to remind motorists of the dangers of opening car doors (on the driver’s side and passenger side) in the path of moving cyclists and the importance of checking blind spots before making a right hand turn (which is where most collisions occur). The campaign commenced on September 3, 2009 and will finish on September 29, 2009.
Beginning on September 30, 2009 officers in the geographical area belonging to 54 Division will follow up with enforcement and generate tickets for those who don’t follow the rules of the road.
Commencing on September 8, 2009 Toronto Police Services will be conducting a city-wide campaign referred to as “Back to School Campaign”. This city-wide campaign will run from September 8 to September 22, 2009. In 2008 Police conducted the same “Back to School” campaign. During this period in 2008, there were nearly two (2) collisions per day, involving school−aged children as pedestrians or cyclists.
The following link provides alot of the offences, the sections of the H.T.A section that apply, the set fines, the court fees and the Victim Fine Surcharges and the total owing (after adding up the set fine, court fee and the victim fine surcharge).