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  West Division's Strategic Approach to Roadway Safety

May 18, 2017 12:45 ET

As part of our commitment to using statistics and data analysis to improve effectiveness, a targeted roadway safety program underway in Ajax and Pickering is paying dividends.

Using roadway collision data from the past several years, West Division has been concentrating resources on high-collision roadways and in emerging areas of concern brought forward by citizens. West Division receives over 1,000 roadway safety complaints a year and works with neighbourhoods to deploy radar message boards and enforcement teams. So far in 2017, over 65 per cent of all traffic enforcement conducted in West Division has focused in these identified areas.

As of May 1st, reports of motor vehicle collisions in West Division have decreased by 140 occurrences, or 16 per cent from the previous year. When compared to the three-year average, there has been a drop of almost 300 occurrences, or 29 per cent.

The Durham Regional Police Service would like to remind motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that roadway safety is a shared responsibility. Please watch your speed and keep an eye out for pedestrians at all times. If you want to cross a roadway, please ensure you are doing so at designated pedestrian crossovers, such as controlled intersections. Before stepping off the curb, make sure you make eye contact with the driver, to ensure he or she sees you.

Members of the community can also report an aggressive driver using the Road Watch program. Online citizen report forms can be accessed at www.ajaxpickeringroadwatch.com and police officers will follow up these concerns directly with the aggressive driver, while keeping your identity private.

For more information about roadway safety in Ajax and Pickering, please contact Cst. Gord Fleming, Traffic Safety Coordinator of West Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1921.

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