Toronto: Police Conduct “Take time to Check” Campaign July 12-14

Update:

Toronto Police Cruiser. photo by fightyourtickets.ca
Toronto Police Cruiser. photo by fightyourtickets.ca
TTC Special Constable's Cruiser. TTC police will be on hand to ensure that kids have Presto cards and I.D. cards on them.
TTC Special Constable Cruiser. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

This is what section 166 of the Highway Traffic Act states about passing streetcars:

Passing street cars

Standing street car, etc.

166. (1) Where a person in charge of a vehicle or on a bicycle or on horseback or leading a horse on a highway overtakes a street car or a car of an electric railway, operated in or near the centre of the roadway, which is stationary for the purpose of taking on or discharging passengers, he or she shall not pass the car or approach nearer than 2 metres measured back from the rear or front entrance or exit, as the case may be, of the car on the side on which passengers are getting on or off until the passengers have got on or got safely to the side of the street, as the case may be, but this subsection does not apply where a safety zone has been set aside and designated by a by-law passed under section 9, 10 or 11 of the Municipal Act, 2001 or under section 7 or 8 of the City of Toronto Act, 2006, as the case may be.  2006, c. 32, Sched. C, s. 24 (6).

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“Take Time to Check” education and enforcement initiative, Tuesday, July 12, 2016 to Thursday, July 14, 2016 during morning and evening rush hours

a vehicle stopped the required two metres behind the rear doors of a stopped streetcar
You must pass streetcars on the right unless you are driving on a one-way road. At streetcar stops, stay at least two (2) metres behind the rear doors where passengers are getting off or on. This rule does not apply at stops where an area has been set aside for streetcar passengers. Always pass these areas at a reasonable speed and be prepared for pedestrians to make sudden or unexpected moves.

From Tuesday, July 12, 2016 to Thursday, July 14, 2016, Toronto Police Service Traffic Services, in partnership with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), will be conducting the “Take Time to Check” safety initiative. Officers will be patrolling the main streetcar lines in the downtown core, during the morning and evening rush hour commute times, focusing on offences which occur in relation to streetcar-serviced stops.

Approximately 64,000,000 passengers use TTC streetcars every year. The Toronto Police Service would like to remind all road-users of the laws governing passengers getting on and off streetcars.

The “Take Time to Check” initiative is designed to promote the education and awareness of all road-users, focusing on the safety of transit-users.

The need to be aware and alert at all times on any road, and even in the most routine circumstances, is a key component to moving through traffic safely. This applies to pedestrians, drivers, cyclists, and transit-users alike. We ask those who drive to take extra care on the roads. If passengers are getting on or off streetcars, remember that, as a vehicle operator, you must stop before reaching the doors of the streetcar.

This promotes pedestrian safety and reduces the likelihood of a collision.

TTC Streetcar stopped at intersection with passengers boarding and disembarking. Police are ensuring the vehicles allow passengers to get on and off of streetcars safely.
TTC Streetcar stopped at intersection with passengers boarding and disembarking. Police are ensuring the vehicles allow passengers to get on and off of streetcars safely. Motorists and bicycles have to stop at least two (2) metres from the rear doors and wait until both the rear/front doors close before proceeding. When these rules are ignored, there is a set fine of $110 and 3 demerit points. photo by fightyourtickets.ca

Pedestrians/transit-users’ tips

At streetcar stops, wait for the streetcar to stop and open its doors, and then look left. When approaching traffic has stopped, step on to the street and walk directly to the streetcar. When exiting, look right to ensure traffic has stopped and walk directly to the sidewalk.

General driving tips:

– scan to identify pedestrians entering the road from curbs or when approaching intersections, or TTC stops
– be ready for the unexpected
– avoid using distracting devices
– leave at least 2-3 seconds following distance between you and vehicles ahead

During this initiative, all road-users will be subject to various education and enforcement actions. Let’s all work together to make your daily commute a safe one.

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Often motorists, frustrated at the congestion on downtown streets, will ignore any safety considerations and drive pass streetcars, while passengers are getting on or off the streetcar at the front or rear doors. photo by fightyourtickets.ca
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