By Ryan McGreal
Published June 21, 2007
Hamilton Police Service has sent out the following bulletin - be warned:
Hamilton Police Service has identified June 15th to June 24th, 2007 as its Bicycle Safety and Enforcement Program. This program is aimed at cyclists in an attempt to promote safe cycling within the City of Hamilton. It will focus on Highway Traffic Act Violations, in particular:
- Stop Sign Violations
- Red Light Violations
- Drive Wrong Way-One Way Traffic Violations and
- Helmet Violations
All current City of Hamilton By-laws such as cycling on sidewalks will also be enforced.
As the start of summer is now upon us more cyclists, young and old, will be on our roads. Through this program, which includes enforcement and education, we are hoping to promote a Safe Summer of Cycling.
As in other enforcement programs we will begin with a few days of education to the public, with enforcement scheduled to begin June 15th and continuing to June 24th, 2007.
Our message will be aimed at all cyclists with the reminder that safety is a major concern for this Police Service and community. Compliance with the rules and regulations as they pertain to cycling will promote this belief.
Our Service Divisional Bicycle Patrol Officers are involved in this program, along with uniformed patrol officers. Together we hope to educate cyclists, enforce the Highway Traffic Act and City by-laws.
Enforcement and Education go hand in hand and combining the two, we hope to proactively assist in the reduction of cycling injuries.
It will be interesting to see if they also pursue "enforcement and education" on motorists who commit Highway Traffic Act violations that expose cyclists to the risk of cycling injuries.
(Thanks to Randy at TLC for passing along the alert.)
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