Save A Life

On July 3, 2002 at 10:00 a.m., the media is invited to attend a Press Conference at York Regional Police Four District Headquarters located at 2700 Rutherford Road to kick off phase three of the multi-phased Save-A-Life Program.

The program will target high collision intersections identified through statistical data and railway crossings with highly visible, strict and fair enforcement in conjunction with various educational programs.

"Road Safety is a top priority for the provincial government," said Minister of Transportation Norm Sterling. "The Save-A-Life Program is an important partnership designed to increase public awareness and enforcement, ultimately improving safety at railway crossings."

The Save-A-Life Program is a collaborative effort between the York Regional Police, York Region Transportation and Works Department, York Region Health Services, York Region Transit, York Region Emergency Medical Services, York Region Public School Board, Canadian Pacific Railway Police, GO Transit, CN Railway Police, and the Regional Prosecutor’s Office.

In the past 12 months there have been four fatal collisions resulting in nine deaths at railway crossings in York Region. Commencing July 3, 2002, the Save-A-Life Program will be targeting infraction at or near Railway Crossings & Intersections with "One Vision…One Goal to Save-A-Life".

GO Transit staff will be on hand to talk about GO’s extensive efforts in promoting rail safety. They will provide safety tips, facts, figures, and a dramatic visual aid. "GO is a big part of the community," said Dr. Gordon Chong, GO Transit’s Chairman. "We work very hard every day to educate people about how to be safe around the railway. Our message is simple - Look, Listen, Live."

To date, the Traffic Enforcement Teams, serving as guardians on our Regional Roads with "One Vision...One Goal to Save-A-Life" has issued more than 10,000 tickets on targeted roadways.

Prepared by: PC. G. Williams #533

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