Week of Action and Engagement,
Road Safety Campaign,
March 16 to March 22
Broadcast time: 06:00
Monday, March 16, 2020
Over this March Break (Monday, March 16, 2020 to Sunday, March 22, 2020) the Toronto Police Service will commence a week of community engagement and action focused on protecting and educating road users.
In 2019 a total of 64 people were killed on Toronto’s roads, 39 of these were pedestrians and over half were 55 years and older. Eighty percent of these deaths occurred on arterial roads that were wide, signalized and carry high volumes of traffic.
During the week-long campaign, traffic enforcement activities will focus on “The Big 4” driver collision-causing behaviours such as speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired.
It is equally important to create conversations about road safety in our communities and getting people to talk about the daily risks that we all take each day. These risks include crossing the road mid-block and turning at intersections, which happen often. Between 2014-2018, 40% of all collisions - where a pedestrian was killed or seriously injured - happened mid-block and 27% happened when a driver was turning left at a signalized intersection.
Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan acknowledges that collisions are inevitable but that killed and seriously injured (KSI) collisions are preventable and unacceptable. Zero injuries and deaths on our roads is the number that we all should be working towards.
Media may contact Sergeant Jason Kraft for more information by calling 416-808-1985, or by emailing email@example.com.
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Sergeant Jason Kraft, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services