Monday, July 16, 2007

Did you know that:

• one person a month is struck while exiting a streetcar,

• motorists can be fined $110 and receive three demerit points for passing open streetcar doors,

• access to Wheel Trans vehicles is routinely blocked by parked vehicles, compromising access to these vehicles for mobility−restricted passengers,

• in 2006 TTC vehicles were involved in 2,657 collisions as a result of the hazardous actions of other motorists,

• when TTC vehicles are halted abruptly due to inattentive driving behaviour by other motorists, passengers can sustain injuries. In 2006 there were 839 onboard passenger incidents.

“The Toronto transit system plays a crucial role in alleviating traffic congestion on our streets,” says Supt. Stephen Grant, unit commander of Traffic Services. “It is essential that all road−users “Take Time to Check" that their movement in and around TTC vehicles is done carefully. An extra few seconds is all that is needed to ensure everyone sharing our roadways reaches their destination safely.”

On Monday, July 16, 2007, the Toronto Police Service, in a joint venture with the TTC, will undertake a one−week awareness, education and enforcement campaign entitled Project “Take Time to Check.”

Officers will pay particular attention to infractions that impede public transit movement, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians who commit offences in the vicinity of TTC bus stops, streetcar lines, HOV lanes, and Wheel Trans vehicles.

For more information on Project “Take Time to Check,” please contact Constable Lee Bishop at 416−808−1939 or Sergeant Darla Tannahill at 416 −808−1982.