Friday, March 11, 2011

March Break, March Safe Campaign starting March 14, 2011

This campaign announcement was extracted from a Toronto Police Service, News Release,

The Toronto Police Service will conduct an annual “March Break, March Safe Campaign” during the week of Monday, March 14, 2011, to Sunday, March 20, 2011.

The “March Break, March Safe Campaign” is designed to promote education, awareness and enforcement strategies intended to heighten public awareness of pedestrian safety.

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 safely through traffic. This applies to pedestrians, drivers, cyclist, and transit users alike.

Road and sidewalk surfaces can be challenging to negotiate in the winter months. We ask those who do drive, to take extra care on the roads and in parking lots, especially in areas where children and seniors might be present.

Pedestrians and Transit Users:

Parents and caregivers can reinforce pedestrian safety messages to children, as well as some of our more vulnerable seniors.
  • stop, look, and listen, before entering the roadway or boarding transit vehicles
  • utilize crossing at intersections and crosswalks
  • make eye contact with drivers and other road users
  • wear appropriate footwear to reduce the chances of slipping
  • never run into the street
  • wear reflective or bright clothing when possible
  • obey crossing signals and signs. 

General driving tips:
  • a driver who is aware and alert can avoid potential hazards, mistakes and other distractions
  • scan the traffic conditions ahead so you have more time to react
  • identify vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists entering the road from curbs and driveways or when approaching intersections. Be ready for the unexpected
  • check your blind spots before signaling and a second time before lane changing, turning, or merging
  • know what is around and behind you. Use rear−view and outside mirrors often and frequently check your speed
  • leave a large enough space between you and the vehicles ahead
  • When you are driving on any road, especially in bad weather, leave at least 3 seconds following distance between you and the vehicle ahead
  • in fog, rain, snow or darkness, use your full headlight system.Remember, when conditions require you to use your windshield wipers, you should turn on your headlights as well
  • to avoid backing, pull straight through two stalls (where available) so you are parked with the nose of your vehicle facing out
  • drive in the travel lanes only
  • avoid driving across parking spaces. 

During the campaign, all road users will be subject to various education and enforcement initiatives. Let's all work together to make the rest of the winter season safe and enjoyable.

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Constable Tony Vella,
Corporate Communications,
for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services