Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009, 10:30 a.m.,
Humber College, North Campus, 205 Humber College Boulevard,
2009 Holiday R.I.D.E. Campaign launch
Broadcast time: 05:00
Thursday, November 26, 2009
On Thursday, November 26, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., the 2009 Holiday R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) campaign launch will take place at Humber College, North Campus, 205 Humber College Boulevard.
“It’s important to get the message out to youth and members of our community that drinking and driving is not acceptable,” said Humber College President John Davies. “We’re delighted to put our efforts toward public safety in our community.”
Mr. Davies will be present, along with representatives from the following police services:
Toronto Police Service, Durham Regional Police Service, Halton Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police, York Regional Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Hamilton Police Service and South Simcoe Police Service.
All participating police agencies will be conducting a R.I.D.E spotcheck on Humber College Boulevard immediately following the kick off ceremony. Officers will be available to speak with the media.
Original Toronto Police Press Release
Impaired driving remains the number one criminal cause of death in Canada. In today's day and age there is no excuse for this offence occurring. There has never been more availability of information to access that begs everyone to never drive impaired. But this offence still does occur which is a testament to why the efforts of police everywhere are welcomed.
There are so many options available to the public that impaired driving should never happen.
Designated drivers, limo services, taxi's, public transit, hotels are all options that are cheaper than facing the consequences that come with getting arrested, charged and convicted of impaired driving.
Impaired Driving Penalties and Consequences/Costs
The $ and ¢ of it
Have you ever questioned the true value of a cab ride or a designated driver? Here's an example of minimum costs to a first time convicted impaired driver:
Criminal Code Fine........................$1000Payable to the Government of Canada
Remedial Measures Program.....$578Payable to Back on Track + GST
Licence Reinstatement Fee.........$150Payable to the Ministry of Finance + GST
Increase in Insurance Costs.......$15,000*Payable to your insurance company in $5,000 increments each of the next 3 years*minimum increase based on a perfect 6-star driving record
Ignition Interlock...........................$1,350+installation. Pay to interlock provider
Court Costs...................................$2,000 - $10,000 Payable to your legal counsel
TOTAL.............................................$20,078 - $28,078
These numbers, provided by www.arrivealive.org, don't include the possibilities of injuries or death that you may have to live with.
The Toronto Police Service is dedicated to the safety of all Toronto residents and visitors and takes a zero tolerance approach to those people who choose to endanger the lives of everyone with their poor decisions.
IF YOU DRINK, DON'T DRIVE.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
A couple of weeks ago, I asked Toronto via Twitter and Facebook, "Hey Toronto. What's your biggest pet peeve about other road users? Let me know. I'll be writing about it."
Friday, November 20, 2009
Don Peat of Sun Media, Toronto Sun, Friday November 20, 2009
Toronto Police are hunting a chronic hit-and-run driver who went on a drug-fuelled car ride that ended with three separate car crashes in five minutes.
The Nov. 11 triple smash up sent three women to hospital with serious injuries, but when cops caught up to the last crash scene around Kingston Rd. and Midland Ave., the suspect's vehicle was there but he was long gone.
Although the unlicensed driver's Nissan Pathfinder was too damaged to keep going, he wasn't, and he ran away.
Richard Atanasoff, 45, of Whitby, is wanted on warrants on charges including dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, break and enter, three counts of failing to stop at the scene of an accident and four counts of failing to comply with probation. He is described as white, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds and has brown hair.
Const. Tony Vella said the man broke into a house just before 6 p.m. where a child was home alone. He asked if the mother was home and when the child said no, he waited there. "The child was uninjured and he ran off," Vella said.
The three women, aged 55, 36 and 37, that were injured in the crashes weren't as lucky. They were treated in hospital for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Police hope they can track him down before he gets behind the wheel again.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The National Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims in Canada is a day set aside to remember those killed or seriously injured on Canadian roads, often in avoidable collisions, and those left to deal with the sudden and unexpected loss of people they love.
This year's theme is "Raising awareness of the number of deaths on Canadian roads."
The good news is that we can save lives. In 2008, one life was saved every day because Canada is:
- Increasing enforcement
- Introducing new policies
- Building safer vehicles
- Changing road user behaviours
- Improving our roads
But, even though the number of deaths on our roads is going down, there is still a great deal of work to do.
November 18 is your opportunity to remember the victims, and to express your support.
Come back soon for more information on events and tools to help you observe the day in your region!
Monday, November 16, 2009
1.) Bathurst St / Finch Ave W
2.) Birchmount Rd / Sheppard Ave E
3.) Bathurst St / King St W
4.) McCowan Rd / Sheppard Ave E
5.) Yonge St / Finch Ave E
6.) Sheppard Ave E / Parkway Forrest Dr
7.) Dundas St W / Spadina Ave
8.) Weston Rd / Finch Ave W
9.) Gerrard St E / Main St
10.) Bloor St W / Lansdowne Ave
A few tips for pedestrians to help protect yourself.
- Before stepping onto the road ensure that there is no traffic in the process of commencing a turn.
- Cross only with the right of way.
- Even if you have the right of way, try to get eye contact to ensure you are being seen.
- Continually asses your safety as you cross.
- Wear light coloured or reflective clothing.
- Cross the street as if your life depends on it.
A few tips for drivers to help protect pedestrians.
- When you do not have the right of way, come to a complete stop before turning.
- If you see a pedestrian near the corner, assume first that they will be crossing and proceed cautiously being ready to stop.
- Tap your horn to alert pedestrians to your presence.
- Never try to 'beat' a light or squeeze past a pedestrian.
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Saturday, November 14, 2009
- Be aware of traffic signals, but never completely rely on them.
- Always ask for help in retrieving toys and/or pets which go out into the road to avoid risk of injury.
-Children should not play close to parked and/or moving vehicles.
- Children are small, unpredictable and have difficulties judging vehicle distances and speeds accurately.
- Crossing guards are there to assist pedestrians across the road, obey their signals
- Always use crosswalks to cross the road. Drivers are more likely to see you when you cross at designated crosswalks.
- Look all ways before crossing the street. Be alert and pay attention to on-coming traffic at all times.
- Make eye contact.
- Be bright. Wear bright colours or reflective clothing at night to make yourself more visible to drivers.
- Play in a safe place and keep away from parked cars. Drivers cannot see you in between cars.
- Be Watchful. Watch your step when getting on or off an escalator. And if your vision is impaired, take the elevator.
- Be Attentive. Use proper escalator posture -- stand at the center of the step facing forward, always holding the handrail. Watch out for loose clothing which may catch.
- Be Refreshed. Avoid leaning on the handrail or resting your foot on the escalator's side. If you're tired and feel unstable, use the elevator.
- Be Sensible. If you're holding too many packages, use the elevator. Anyone balancing packages can lose their balance. Your packages will fall and so might you.
- Be Considerate. Quickly step away from an escalator at the end of your ride. Remember there are people behind you waiting to get off. They'll bump into you and possibly knock you down if there is no where else to go.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Santa Claus Parade,
Sunday, November 15, 2009,
The 105th annual Santa Claus Parade will take place on Sunday, November 15, 2009, at
Starting at 8:15 a.m., the parade will form up on Bloor Street West at Christie Street.
The following roads will be closed for the parade:
− Bloor Street West, Christie Street to Ossington Avenue, 8:15 a.m.,
− Christie Street, Bloor Street West to Barton Street, 10:30 a.m.,
− Bloor Street West, Christie Street to Bathurst Street, 10:30 a.m.,
− Bloor Street West, Bathurst Street to Avenue Road, 11:30 a.m.,
− Queen's Park, Bloor Street West to College Street, 11:25 a.m.,
− University Avenue, College Street to Dundas Street West, 12 p.m.,
− University Avenue, Dundas Street West to Queen Street West, 12:30 p.m.,
− Dundas Street West, University Avenue to Yonge Street, 1 p.m.,
− Yonge Street, Dundas Street to Front Street, 1:15 p.m.,
− Wellington Street East, Yonge Street to Jarvis Street, 1:30 p.m.:
At 12:30 p.m., the parade will begin and will proceed along the following route:
− Bloor Street, between Ossington Avenue and Christie Street,
− Eastbound on Bloor Street West,
− Southbound on Queen’s Park,
− Southbound on Queen’s Park Crescent East,
− Southbound on University Avenue,
− Eastbound on Dundas Street West,
− Southbound on Yonge Street,
− Eastbound on Front Street East,
− Dispersal Area: Front Street East, between Church Street and Jarvis Street.
Towing of vehicles parked along the parade route will start at 6 a.m., on Sunday, November
Motorists travelling in the area can expect delays and should attempt to avoid the parade
Spectators attending the parade are advised to use public transportation.
The duration of the parade is approximately 2.5 hours.
This event will take place regardless of weather conditions.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The reason I ask this question is because a lot of drivers feel it’s okay to surpass the speed limit in such a way that it appears there’s no speed limit at all. Why drive well over the speed limit? Is it a thrill for you, or a need? These types of drivers will do 60 km/h or more in a school zone and 100 km/h or more on secondary highways. Drivers who feel they can do this, without regard for public safety, haven’t thought this all the way through. Have they thought about “what if?” What if they lost control of their vehicle? They haven’t taken a professional course on how to handle the vehicle at that speed, so why are they?
What if another driver pulled out suddenly because they weren’t expecting someone to drive so fast? This would cause the speeding driver to suddenly brake or swerve out of the way. A sudden swerve will almost always cause panic, plus a loss of control.
The truth of the matter is that street racing belongs on a controlled track. There’s no place for it on public roads. Innocent people are taken from us because of someone’s need for thrilling activities. This includes passengers, not just drivers. There’s always a place for thrills. If you have the ‘need for speed’, why not join a carting club? If you truly understood speed and inertia, you would need to understand how and when to steer around corners. On a track, there are no pedestrians or drivers in your way who are driving much slower than you. You would be taught to do it properly.
Ken Wilden, who raced in a variety series in Canada and the US, including Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights and the Trans Am series to name a few, has always said to learn your craft from a professional. Racing is a fun sport, but it’s a sport. “If guys want to race, they should go to one of many racing schools available”, says Ken. Once you learn how to do it properly, you’ll have more respect for other road users. One of the participants on Canada’s Worst Driver, season 2, had the need for speed. He took his needs to the go-cart track. He now understands there’s a place for it.
The only race you have on public roads is the human race. Other road users aren’t expecting you to be driving so fast on public roads. Your excessive speed affects their choices as well. So, let’s keep our speed down and keep the racing on the track where it belongs!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Safety experts in North America recognize that starting around this time and continuing until February pedestrians are at a higher risk for being injured at the hands of motor vehicles. Those experts site the reduced afternoon daylight hours as a major cause of the increase in collisions.
Toronto Transportation data sites the time of the day most frequently to have collisions is the hour between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. That hour on the last work week day before Daylight Standard Time was daylight. On Novemebr 2nd, the next commuter day since the return will be much darker, with sunset happening at 4:45 p.m.
Pedestrians can take a few precautions to help themselves out to avoid becomming injured.
1.) Be bright about it
Wear light coloured clothing, reflective safety wear and pick appropriate spots to cross the street.
2.) Be seen
Don't walk from between parked cars or cross where there is poor lighting. Choose intersections and again, the use of light coloured clothing will help.
3.) Use your eyes before your feet
Get eye contact with drivers and cyclists. Look all directions beofre stepping into traffic flow routes and continue to look ensuring that each step can be followed safely by the next.
4.) Cross the street as if your life depends on it
Quite franklly, it does. The argument of 'right of way' is not a good one to be making from a hospital bed.
The Toronto Police Service is a proud partner with the Toronto Area Safety Coalition and together with Sunnybrook Hospital a new pedestrian safety awarness program has been launched. iNAVIGAIT has valuable information for all ages to and abilities. For more safety tips go to http://www.inavigait.com/