[TPS] – Operation Safe Commute, Monday, January 21, 2013 to Sunday, January 27, 2013‏

Toronto Police Service
News Release

Operation Safe Commute, Monday, January 21, 2013 to Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday, January 20, 2013 – 6:00 PM
14 Division

The Toronto Police Service’s 14 Division will be initiating a zero-tolerance enforcement campaign entitled “Operation – Safe Commute”. The campaign will run from Monday, January 21, 2013 to Sunday, January 27, 2013.The daily commute in and out of Toronto involves approximately 1.2 million vehicles. All road-users share the responsibility of making this daily commute safe. A safe and orderly commute in and out of the city contributes to a better quality of life for all citizens.

High traffic volumes contribute to reduced road safety as well as increased driver frustration, commute times, and congestion. Commuter frustration often results in aggressive driving, traffic-signal violations, illegal parking and traffic gridlock.

Police and Parking Enforcement Officers in 14 Division will be paying special attention to infractions that impede the safe and orderly flow of traffic, particularly aggressive-driving offences, prohibited turns and gridlock offences, as well as No Stopping, No Standing and No Parking restrictions.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Here are some safe-driving tips to help promote a safe commute:

1. Plan your route and take your time. Try to drive at off-peak times.
2. Obey the rules of the road and drive according to road conditions.
3. Be alert to cyclists and pedestrians and operate your vehicle safely around them.
4. Reduce driver distractions and focus on the task of driving. Distracted drivers can be just as impaired as drunk drivers.
5. Avoid intersection gridlock. Only enter the intersection when you can get completely through without blocking traffic.

Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Stephen Burns, 14 Division


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