Surrey partners join forces for Back to School safety
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.