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June 26, 2003
Drive safely - Schools are out
  
Works and Emergency Services - The City of Toronto's Transportation Services
Division is again reminding motorists to use extra caution while driving now
that school is out. As of this week, drivers on Gardiner Expressway 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
about.

Reportable collision statistics involving motor vehicles and children aged 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).

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

The following messages will be on the overhead changeable message signs in two
places on the Gardiner (eastbound, by Royal York Road and westbound at Parkside
Drive):

School is out
Look about
Drive Safely

Summer is her!
Schools are out
Drive with extra care

Summer is here!
Kids are out of school
Drive with extra care

School is out
Kids are about
Please drive safely


Media contacts:
Steven Kodama, Manager, Data Centre and Safety Bureau, Transportation Services
Division 416-392-9633
Les Kelman, Director, Traffic Management Centre, Transportation Services
Division, 416-392-5372



 

 

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