CAA School Safety Patrollers and Barrie Police Service get set to give
parents a lesson on school zone safety

THORNHILL, ON, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at 8:30 a.m., at Holly Meadows School, Barrie Police and the CAA will be partnering to celebrate the City of Barrie's School Patroller Appreciation Proclamation, with a safety spot check targeting drivers who risk the lives of young people with dangerous behaviour near school zones.

In lieu of issuing a ticket, offenders will get a warning and spot check notice from the young patrollers who keep their school zone safe every day. Some of the infractions they will be looking for include parking in a no-parking zone, blocking school buses, speeding, jay-walking and standing in a no- standing zone.

The leading cause of death among children 5-14 years of age is motor vehicle traffic collisions, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

"In today's fast-paced society, children are exposed to dangerous traffic situations that increase their risk of being involved in a collision," said CAA spokesperson Edyta Zdancewicz. "Without realizing it, parents can add to those dangers."

His Worship Mayor Dave Aspden will also be in attendance on behalf of the City of Barrie to declare that week School Safety Patrol week. "The children who participate in the program are true ambassadors of traffic safety," said Mayor Aspden. "The City of Barrie is proud to support a program that makes a big difference in the community."

    Who:      CAA, School Safety Patrollers, Barrie Police Service and City
              of Barrie

    When:     Tues., Oct. 20, 2009 8:30 am

    Where:    Holly Meadows School
              151 Mapleton Ave.
              Barrie, On

For more information about CAA South Central Ontario, visit CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering insurance, travel and roadside services. There are more than 1.8 million CAA members in Ontario and 5 million members in Canada.

SOURCE CAA South Central Ontario

For further information: For further information: Edyta Zdancewicz, Media and PR, Public and Government Affairs, 60 Commerce Valley Drive East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7P9,, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930; Follow CAA on twitter @caasco

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