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article imageToronto Police issued thousands of tickets during safety blitz

By KJ Mullins     Sep 23, 2010 in Crime
Toronto - This year 31 people have died in fatal collisions on the streets of Toronto. Fourteen of those have been pedestrians. Seatbelt violations also were found with 633 tickets issued.
Last Friday the Toronto Police Service concluded a two−week back−to−school “Getting Them Back Safely is Everyone’s Responsibility” safety campaign that focused on children's safety.
The TPS used their campaign to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on the road to pedestrians, cyclist and motorists.
During the two-week campaign 9,102 tickets were issued for speeding and 200 charges of careless driving were laid. What was frightening is the number of tickets (283) issued to drivers for disobeying crossing guards, pedestrian crossovers and signalized crosswalks endangering children on their way to and from school.
Seatbelt violations also were found with 633 tickets issued.
4,274 tickets were given to motorists for offenses such as disobeying traffic signals, following too closely and disobeying signs said Constable Wendy Drummond.
Drivers were not the only ones disobeying the rules. There were 303tickets were issued to pedestrians.
Road safety is the responsibility of everyone from walkers to drivers. Pedestrians need to remember and practice the road−safety basics of, “Stop, Look and Listen" before crossing any street while drivers need to be mindful of their surroundings.
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