Wednesday, July 22, 2009

For Safety Sake - Take Time to Check

In partnership with the TTC, on Monday, July 20, 2009, a one−week project, “For Safety's
Sake − Take Time to Check,” will focus enforcement efforts on risk−taking behaviour in areas
of TTC operations.

With over one million people a day relying on public transit, the safe and efficient flow of
traffic, including public transit, is of paramount importance to the Toronto Police Service. Each
month, a TTC customer is struck by a motor vehicle passing the open doors of a streetcar
and, daily, TTC operators witness over 100 incidents where motor vehicles fail to stop behind
the open doors of a streetcar.

The safety and security of the transit system is of high importance to all our citizens. This
extends from the protection from criminal activities to the safe and efficient movement of

On Monday, July 20, 2009., at 10 a.m., with representatives from police and the TTC,
including Chair Adam Giambrone, the kick−off to the enforcement will take place at the
Exhibition Place Streetcar Loop on Manitoba Drive, behind the Ricoh Coliseum.
Media will have the opportunity to speak to police and TTC officials and see first−hand what a
streetcar operator experiences during their daily operations.

“The TTC is one of the largest and safest transit systems in North America. Part of that safety
record is the expectation that Toronto's road users will abide by the law and principles that
keep the TTC users and employees as safe as possible,” said Traffic Services Superintendent
Earl Witty. “This program is designed to raise awareness and promote education for Toronto
drivers but, for those who choose to ignore the safety of others, enforcement will occur.”

All police and parking enforcement officers will be paying particular attention to infractions that
impede public transit movement, including motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians who commit
offences in the vicinity of TTC bus stops, streetcar lines, HOV lanes, and Wheel Trans

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the
City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening at Traffic Services by following us on
Twitter (TrafficServices), and Facebook (Toronto Police – Traffic Services).

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