City of Toronto  

Living in TorontoDoing businessVisiting TorontoAccessing City Hall
All news releases
Last 30 days
By month
Archived news release by year
  2012 - 2011 - 2010
  2009 - 2008 - 2007
  2006 - 2005 - 2004
  2003 - 2002 - 2001
  2000 - 1999 - 1998
RSS identifier linked to feed RSS
July 5, 2001
Drive safely -- schools are out
Works and Emergency Services --- The City of Toronto's Transportation Services
division is taking the initiative this year to remind motorists to use extra
caution while driving now that school is out. As of this week, drivers on the
F. G. Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) will see safety
messages on the overhead changeable message signs alerting them to drive safely.

With the end of the school term, an additional 400,000 children are out and

Reportable collision statistics involving motor vehicles and children ages five
through 18 (cyclists and pedestrians) indicate that on average, 170 personal
injuries occur annually in Toronto during the summer months (from June 30 to
September 4).

"Such collisions are preventable," says Dave Kaufman, General Manager of
Toronto Transportation Services. "By reminding motorists to watch for children
and drive safely this summer, we hope to reduce the number of these incidents."

The following two messages will alternate on the overhead changeable message
signs on the DVP (southbound, just north of Bayview/Bloor ramp) and in two
places on the Gardiner (eastbound, by Royal York Road and westbound at Parkside

Schools are out
Look about
Drive safely

Watch for children
Drive safely

Safe Kids Canada, a national organization that works to eliminate preventable
injuries in children, reports that medical and developmental research shows
that children under the age of nine lack the cognitive ability to make
important decisions about traffic. Transportation Services joins Safe Kids
Canada in urging parents and motorists to put children's safety first.

Media Contact
Access Toronto



Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links
© City of Toronto 1998-2019