Kids learn life-saving lessons at today's 11th annual Rail & Road Safety Day

    TORONTO, April 25, 2007 /CNW/ - GO Transit is again co-hosting the annual
Rail & Road Safety Day to remind youth about the importance of rail and road
safety. The event is co-hosted with members of the Toronto Area Safety
Coalition (TASC).
    More than 350 grade 3 and 4 students will attend today's event at Union
Station in downtown Toronto from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be displays on
the station's platform 1, inside the GO passenger concourse, and at the Union
Station GO Bus Terminal.
    Representatives from GO Transit and TASC will kick off the event with
opening remarks in the GO concourse at 9:45 a.m.
    The day includes a close-up look at a GO locomotive and passenger car, a
mock rescue demonstration by Toronto Emergency Medical Services, and a
presentation by ThinkFirst (a brain and spinal cord injury prevention
foundation) about the importance of proper head and body protection.
    At the bus terminal, children can explore a transit bus and listen to a
bus safety presentation. A fire truck, an ambulance, and a police car will
also be on display.
    One of the favourite exhibits each year is GO's miniature safety village,
which includes a model train set designed to teach rail safety lessons in a
fun and interactive way. Children are challenged to look for dangerous
situations in the tiny village.
    GO Transit partners with TASC to bring important safety messages to young
people. Other coalition members besides GO include Toronto Transit Commission,
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto
Emergency Medical Services, Toronto Police Service, Toronto Fire Service,
Health Canada, Ministry of Transportation, Road Safety Network, Toronto
Transportation Services, and various public health departments.
    Toronto Mayor David Miller has proclaimed April 23-29 Injury Prevention
Week. The Toronto Area Safety Coalition is proud to support Injury Prevention
Week with Rail & Road Safety Day.
    Public education is key to promoting rail and road safety and saving

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