School zone safety blitz targets motorists, cyclists, pedestrians all week

As kids head back to the classroom, Toronto police are launching a back-to-school road-safety blitz focused on the behaviour of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in school zones.

Officers will look for infractions like distracted driving and failing to stop for a school bus

A Toronto police officer trains his radar gun on the road outside Second Street Junior Middle School on the first day of the force's back-to-school safety blitz. (Trevor Dunn/CBC)

As kids head back to the classroom, Toronto police are launching a back-to-school road-safety blitz focused on the behaviour of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in school zones.

The initiative, dubbed "Are You FOCUSED on school" (with FOCUSED being an acronym for Frequent Offences the Community and Road Users See Every Day), will have officers looking for infractions particularly in pedestrian crossovers and crosswalks, as well as intersections, and mid-block crossing, aggressive driving, prohibited turns and distracted driving.

The police force is running the blitz in partnership with the Toronto District School Board. It runs until Friday.

Police officers, parking enforcement officers and representatives from the TDSB will officially launch the program at Second Street Junior Middle School on Second Street Tuesday morning.

Toronto police Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said that a refresher on road-safety rules, particularly in school zones, may be required because kids have been off school.

"Specifically in school areas people might have gotten a little more relaxed with the rules surrounding these areas, so we are reminding road users, drivers, cyclists, pedestrians just to be aware," Douglas-Cook told CBC News on Monday.

Officers will also be watching for vehicles in "no stopping" or "no parking" zones, and vehicles that fail to stop for a school bus, an offence that comes with a $400 fine.

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