On a snowy day with slush-covered roads, Chief Mark Saunders joined Mayor John Tory for a road safety announcement.
The Mayor unveiled Vision Zero, the City of Toronto’s Road Safety Plan for 2017-2021, which includes a number of initiatives all aimed at eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on city streets on Jan. 10 at Bloor and Dundas Sts.
The Toronto Police Service, led by Traffic Services, is one of the many partners that have worked on the development of Vision Zero as well as have committed to its full implementation.
Tuesday’s event launched the first of 12 Senior Safety Zones that were identified through statistical and trend analysis. These Zones will see lower speed limits, improved lighting and increased enforcement by police. Sixty-seven per cent of all pedestrian fatalities in 2016 were seniors 65 years of age and older.
This type of intelligence-led deployment of resources is an example of the future of policing in Toronto.
All of the recommendations made by the Transformational Task Force will result in a modernized model of policing for the city where officers are where the public need them the most, partnerships are created for safer communities, and efforts are targeted at addressing the complex needs of the city.
The final TTF Report will be released on January 26.