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  Safety Comes First at Oshawa Public School

Nov 05, 2002 13:22 ET

A new safety program, which enlists the help of students, was unveiled today at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Oshawa.

Mayor Nancy Diamond joined CAA representative Mike Beauchesne, DRPA President Doug Cavanaugh and Oshawa Community Police Office Elementary School Liaison Officer Cst. Dave Morton at the launch today.

Through the use of two one-way driving lanes, the main laneway in front of the school will be turned into a “Kiss and Ride” area during student pick up hours. Student helpers wearing bright orange safety jackets help direct traffic while standing on the sidewalk. Students being picked up are then assisted into the appropriate vehicle and the driver is then motioned to proceed.

This program was initiated due to the recent renovations at the school which included a redesign of the front parking area. This initiative is a great example of school officials working closely with police and the automobile safety industry to improve safety conditions at local schools.

The CAA is hoping to expand this program to other schools across Ontario. Cst. Morton says the launch of this program fits in well with Crime Prevention Week, currently being celebrated by police organizations across Ontario.

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Queen Elizabeth thumbnail (JPG file, 6.2K bytes)
Hand-held Traffic Signs to Watch For (JPG file, 21.0K bytes)
Cst. Morton Oversees Practice Run (JPG file, 29.6K bytes)
DRPA Cavanaugh, CAA Rep Beauchesne, Mayor Diamond (JPG file, 22.0K bytes)