Road Safety Campaign Geared to Motorcyclists
June 22 – 28, 2020
Broadcast time: 05:30
Monday, June 22, 2020
Motorcycle safety will be the focus of a week-long traffic campaign by the Toronto Police Service.
From Monday, June 22, 2020, until Sunday, June 28, 2020, the Toronto Police Service will be taking part in a week of enforcement and community engagement.
Geared to motorcyclists' safety, officers will target “The Big 4” driver behaviours known to cause injuries to all road users - speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired.
In 2019, 64 people were killed on Toronto’s roads, seven of them were motorcyclists. Year-to-date (June 09, 2020) there have been five motorcycle-related fatalities, compared to one during the same period last year. A 21-year-old woman most recently died as the passenger on a motorcycle.
Equally important during this week of action, is to create conversations about road safety in our communities. The media and social media users can also help spread awareness and education. Embracing our partnerships is key to creating safer roads in our communities.
“By working together to raise awareness, providing education and identifying our personal risks as road users, all helps towards reducing serious collisions,” said Sergeant Jason Kraft of Traffic Services.
“As a motorcyclist myself, you have to understand your capabilities as a rider and the limitations of the motorcycle, and never exceed either. Motorcycle riders do not have the same protection when compared to a driver or passenger of a car; yet we can travel at the same speed.
“This week of action is ultimately to keep not just motorcyclists safe, but all road users. We all have a part to play.”
Media can reach Sergeant Kraft at firstname.lastname@example.org during this campaign week.
For more information on the City of Toronto – Vision Zero Road Safety Plan click here.
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Sergeant Jason Kraft, Traffic Services, for Superintendent Scott Baptist, Traffic Services