Newcomers learn rules of road

Photo of the blog author By Constable Renato Valdez,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 2:14 p.m. November 19, 2013

Japanese newcomers to Canada got a lesson on how to stay safe and obey the rules of the road.

Photo of a classroom environment with Japanese newcomers attending a lecture
Japanese newcomers listen to the presentation

Divisional Police Support Unit Const. Renato Valdez and Traffic Services Const. Hugh Smith gave a recent briefing on the Highway Traffic Act, parking signs as well as how to report collisions.

Yoshi Ito, of the Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce, approached Valdez about the initiative to educate newcomers, many of whom are working for Japanese corporations and their affiliates for up to five years.

“Giving lectures to this group of entrepreneurs does not only bring safety awareness but will also make them confident drivers,” Ito said.

A professional Japanese translator was also present in case a question required clarification.

For information on police/community programs, please contact Const. Renato Valdez, of the Divisional Policing Support Unit, at 416-808-0123 or via email at

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