Sur­rey part­ners join forces for Back to School safety

Asian Journal - - British Columbia -

Sur­rey: RCMP along with the City of Sur­rey, Sur­rey School Dis­trict, ICBC, and the Sur­rey Crime Preven­tion So­ci­ety par­tic­i­pated in a public aware­ness event to bring at­ten­tion to traf­fic and pedes­trian safety as kids head back to school this week. As part of the event, the “Think of Me” ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment cam­paign was launched at Ecole Martha Cur­rie Ele­men­tary school in Cloverdale. This cam­paign in­volves Sur­rey RCMP of­fi­cers, hand­ing out spe­cial hand­made warn­ings, cre­ated by Sur­rey stu­dents, to driv­ers as a vis­i­ble re­minder to ‘think of me’ and drive safely. The cam­paign will run un­til Septem­ber 15th at var­i­ous schools across the city. “We work closely with our com­mu­nity part­ners to en­sure our road­ways are safe – par­tic­u­larly around school zones where our youngest res­i­dents are walk­ing and rid­ing,” says Sur­rey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schu­mann. “Most of­fi­cers have a cer­tain de­gree of tol­er­ance, but school zones and play­ground zones are a dif­fer­ent mat­ter. Many of us have un­for­tu­nately seen the dev­as­tat­ing im­pacts of tragic traf­fic col­li­sions.” Dur­ing the 2013-2014 school year, Sur­rey Moun­ties wrote over 1,000 tick­ets for speed­ing in a school zone with over 100 of those tick­ets be­ing is­sued dur­ing the first week of school. Sta­tis­tics show that, on av­er­age, two child pedes­tri­ans aged 5 to 18 are killed and 42 are in­jured in car crashes in Sur­rey ev­ery year.

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