Earlier this week, I attended a school zone safety forum in Ward 16. That same day, a young boy in Scarborough was hit by a minivan on his way home from school. Sadly, that boy didn’t survive this incident. Since the beginning of the year, we have lost two school aged children to traffic related accidents in school zones. We must continuously be monitoring our school zones to look for better ways to ensure student safety. That is why, in the last couple of months, I have made it a priority to visit with the school communities in Ward 16 to discuss their concerns about safety in school zones. As a result of these meetings, we will be conducting new traffic studies to look at further reductions in speed limits, traffic calming, signage and enforcement in our school zones. I have asked City staff to look for creative solutions to the problems that were presented so that we can ensure that our most vulnerable road users are safe.
Should you have any concerns about traffic safety in your neighbourhood, please contact my office and I will personally meet with you on site with one of the City’s traffic engineers to conduct a safety audit. We need to ensure that we are doing everything to keep our streets safe.