Thornhill, Ontario – Pedestrians in Toronto, London and Peterborough will have the opportunity during the July 14 morning rush hour to learn more about safe street crossing practices and have a chance to win a Weber barbecue from CAA School Safety patrollers.

In Toronto, the patrollers will join with the Toronto Police Service Traffic Services at several intersections in the downtown core to educate pedestrians. Similar events will happen at the same time in London and Peterborough.

According to the latest Ontario Road Safety Annual Report, pedestrian  fatalities increased from 105 in 2005 to 126 in 2006. Over 52 per cent of those occurred when the person was crossing at an intersection or marked pedestrian crossing.

Currently, more than 25,000 student patrollers keep their peers safe in school zones across South Central Ontario. They will spend their summer learning and practicing lifesaving skills with the police officers CAA has trained and partnered with, including the Toronto Police Service. The skills are taught at the CAA School Safety Patrol Leadership Camp, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month.

In Toronto, patrollers will be at the intersections of Broadview and Danforth; Yonge and Dundas; King and Bay; Yonge and Bloor; Avenue Road and Bloor; and at Union Station between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Pedestrians and motorists who spot the patrollers will be given the chance to win a Weber barbecue for learning more about the program.

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