MEDIA RELEASE March 19, 2018
Scarborough School Zone Safety Measures a Priority
Vison Zero Road Safety
Scarborough – City Councillor Paul Ainslie joined Mayor John Tory this morning at Cornell Junior Public School located in Scarborough East Ward 43 to speak on road safety in school zones, enforcing the message “Slow Down Toronto”. The program, part of the City's $86-million Vision Zero Road Safety Plan will include the Toronto Police Service school zone safety campaign which began today.
"Student safety should be a priority for everyone. My office has been working closely with Vision Zero, the Toronto District School Board and Green Communities Canada on a School Traffic Management Program at Cornell Junior Public School and Willow Park Junior Pubic School to ensure safety measures are implemented." Stated Councillor Paul Ainslie.
A number of meetings have already taken place at Cornell Junior Public School and Willow Park Junior Pubic School to discuss the implementation of traffic calming tools: permanent watch your speed monitors, new parking and traffic flow signs and regulations, cross walk installation, zebra painting on intersections as well as requests for street light audits. There has also been a push for an onsite educational campaign for those accompanying their children to school specifically motor vehicles.
"I am fully committed and supportive of the School Zone Safety program. Everyone needs to slow down and be aware of their surroundings. Operators of motor vehicles need to be aware that community school zones have young people, parents, and caregivers using the street and sidewalks to access their local school. Let's all slow down and be proactive in keeping our communities safe. As a Father of three I too have walked and driven my children to school, I have seen the issues first-hand. We all need to be diligent in keeping our communities safe." added Councillor Ainslie.
The Toronto Police Service's two-week “Slow Down Toronto” campaign in school zones began today. Among many new innovative tools being utilized are new flexible in-road traffic calming signs in 12 school zones. These signs will be placed in the middle of the roadway as a reminder to motorists that they are in a school zone and to slow down.
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