Toronto police are launching a three-day blitz on Tuesday, targeting motorists and cyclists who blow past streetcars that are stopped with their doors open.
Officers will be patrolling the main streetcar lines downtown during the morning and afternoon rush.
The “Take Time to Check” initiative is designed to promote the education and awareness of all road-users, focusing on the safety of transit-users.
The fine for zooming past open streetcar doors is $110.
Some driving tips from police:
– scan to identify pedestrians entering the road from curbs or when approaching intersections, or TTC stops
– be ready for the unexpected
– avoid using distracting devices
– leave at least 2-3 seconds following distance between you and vehicles ahead
At streetcar stops, wait for the streetcar to stop and open its doors, and then look left. When approaching traffic has stopped, step on to the street and walk directly to the streetcar. When exiting, look right to ensure traffic has stopped and walk directly to the sidewalk.
The blitz will wrap up Thursday afternoon.