We need safer school zones
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