We need safer school zones

North York Post - - News - Christin Carmichael Greb Ward 16 Coun­cil­lor

Over the last two years, I have had many meet­ings with lo­cal res­i­dents and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from both Al­lenby Ju­nior Pub­lic School and the North Toronto Early Years Cen­tre on Av­enue Road.

We have been work­ing with City of Toronto Trans­porta­tion Ser­vices and Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice to re­solve traf­fic is­sues and pre­vent ac­ci­dents from tak­ing place at the in­ter­sec­tion in front of the school. To date we have com­pleted a de­tailed traf­fic re­view for the in­ter­sec­tion, im­ple­mented turn and through move­ment re­stric­tions, put in ad­vance warn­ing signs and added short­term drop-off and pickup ar­eas for the North Toronto Early Years Cen­tre as well as new bar­ri­ers along the east side­walk.

Last month, I met with the prin­ci­pal of Al­lenby Ju­nior Pub­lic School, Tracey O’Toole, and Grade 5 stu­dents to bring fur­ther aware­ness to the in­ter­sec­tion. With the help of Toronto Po­lice Ser­vice, we were able to pull over and speak to 30 driv­ers within 45 min­utes. Some driv­ers were tick­eted for trav­el­ling be­tween 70 and 75 km/h in the 40 km/h school zone.

De­spite th­ese ef­forts, there con­tin­ues to be ac­ci­dents at the in­ter­sec­tion, and we are work­ing hard to bring more so­lu­tions for­ward, in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion of turn pro­hi­bi­tions and the in­tro­duc­tion of driver feedback signs. How­ever, I feel that we need con­tin­ued en­force­ment at this in­ter­sec­tion and elec­tronic radar en­force­ment in school zones.

I will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for safety in school zones and hope to see per­ma­nent radar en­force­ment in place shortly.

Coun­cil­lor Carmichael Greb (cen­tre) helps over­see traf­fic near Av­enue Road

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