Road Safety Everyone’s Business

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 6 a.m. November 6, 2017
Updated: 2:03 p.m. November 6, 2017

Toronto Police joined the CAA, the Ministry of Transportation and Union Station on November 3 to launch its annual campaign to enhance pedestrian safety.

Two men in police uniforms standing in-front of a booth with pedestrian safety pamphlets while talking to another man.
Sergeant Brett Moore and OPP Sergeant Kerr Schmidt talk to a citizen about pedestrian safety

Sergeant Brett Moore said Union Station was chosen as the site for the launch because it’s the largest commuter hub in the city.

“We wanted to reach as many people as possible to get the word out that road safety is everyone’s business,” said Moore. “The stats show that the most pedestrian-involved collisions take place during November. This is one of those road challenges that have been around for a long time and it’s going to take a conscious effort by everyone to really make a change.”

Moore said there is no one particular road-user group that can be deemed at fault.

“Folks just don’t connect personally to it,” he added. “They hear about collisions on TV, but they don’t personally experience it. When you don’t experience something, you will have a tough time changing.”

Every Division participates in the annual campaign.

“That is what I personally enjoy so much about this campaign,” said Moore. “For a few days out of the week, officers across the city can go out, when they have a bit of spare time, and contribute collectively to one specific cause which is pedestrian safety.”


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