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Toronto police launch back-to-school traffic safety blitz

Last Updated Sep 5, 2017 at 6:51 am EST

A crossing guard helping children in a crosswalk. GETTY IMAGES/Mike Kemp

Toronto police have launched a safety blitz as thousands of GTA students return to school. There will be more traffic on the roads, and more pedestrians, especially in school zones.

The blitz began at midnight on Monday.

Const. Clint Stibbe told 680 NEWS both drivers heading to work and those dropping their children off at school need to play it safe.

“Drivers that are going to work, we’re asking that you slow down, be aware that some kids may be stepping out from between vehicles. You may be in a school zone, you need to make sure your speeds are at or below the posted speed limits, especially where any children are expected to be,” he said.

And when it comes to school drop-offs in the morning, he says drivers who ignore the rules are a major concern – so don’t be that parent.

“Anybody that’s going to school to drop their kids off, the biggest problem we see is parents double parking or parking in areas that they’re not permitted or disobeying even school crossing guards,” he said.

Stibbe also said pedestrians should take note of increased traffic and stay safe by crossing the street at marked crossings and never mid-block or between vehicles.

The back-to-school traffic safety blitz runs until Friday.