Kids learn to play it safe at Rail & Road Safety Day

    TORONTO, April 29, 2009 /CNW/ - GO Transit, in partnership with the
Toronto Area Safety Coalition (TASC), hosted the 12th annual Rail & Road
Safety Day today at Union Station, welcoming over 400 grade 3 and 4 students
to learn safety lessons in an interactive way. Students from across the GTA
spent the day at Union Station participating in 13 educational stations hosted
by the members of TASC.
    Some of the safety lessons included: what to do near railway tracks and
stations; the importance of always wearing a helmet when bike riding,
skateboarding, or rollerblading; understanding different traffic symbols; and
what to do in an emergency situation or when someone has been injured. The
students also had the chance to practice their fire drill skills at the fire
safety trailer.
    Rail and road safety is part of the Ontario grade 3 and 4 curriculum.
Students had the opportunity to put the classroom theory they've learned into
practice through interactive and hands-on learning stations.
    This year's Rail & Road Safety Day coincides with both National Rail
Safety Public Awareness Week and the TASC-supported Injury Prevention Week
(Toronto). The National Rail Safety Public Awareness Week's aim is to help
reduce crossing collisions and trespassing incidents along Canada's railways
in communities across the country.
    TASC is made up of community members, businesses, public sector agencies,
and volunteer organizations in the Greater Toronto Area.
    "We believe that safety is a right of all people and that injuries are
predictable and preventable," said Joanne Banfield, TASC Chair. "We are
committed to reducing the number of injuries and injury-related deaths in our
community through collaboration and education."
    Through community outreach and educational events, such as Rail & Road
Safety Day, both GO Transit and TASC hope to reduce injuries and deaths.
Increasing awareness of playing safe and being prepared for emergency
situations is just one way both organizations are doing their part to keep
kids safe.

    GO Transit is the Province of Ontario's interregional public transit
system linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto
Area (GTA). GO carries nearly 55 million passengers a year in an extensive
network of train and bus services that spans over 8,000 square kilometres.

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For further information:

For further information: Media enquiries - Joanne Banfield (TASC), (416)
480-5912, or Vanessa Thomas (GO Transit), (416) 869-3600 ext. 5264

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