New adult crossing guard at Portobello and Stormwind
Stephen Blais is proud to announce that students of Summerside Public School will be able to get to school safer this year with the addition of a new Adult Crossing Guard.
The new Adult Crossing Guards will be located at the intersection of Portobello Blvd. and Stormwind Ave. in September 2017.
“Ensuring our kids have a safe option of walking to school is very important,” says Blais. “As school boards continue to cut school busing the City is picking up the slack with important investments such as crossing guards.”
Councillor Stephen Blais encouraging driver & pedestrian safety
Cumberland City Councillor and anti-speeding champion Stephen Blais is renewing his yearly efforts to encourage residents to slow down and come to a complete stop at stop signs in our community to help ensure pedestrians, especially children, are not put at harm’s way.
During the election campaign, many residents raised concerns with me about traffic and the safety of our neighbourhood streets.
Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais launched the “I Stop, You Stop” road safety campaign at Maple Ridge Elementary School in Orléans.
“I Stop, You Stop” in an educational campaign from Safer Roads Ottawa to remind motorists of the importance of stopping for school buses whose lights are flashing and stop arms deployed.
That is why I have launched the Slow Down! campaign to provide me and the neighbourhood with information about just how fast we are driving through our community.
With summertime coming to a close, vacations will soon end with the fall to be upon us. Despite this time being bittersweet, it does allow us to ring-in a new school year. Students of all ages, from those attending kindergarten for the first-time to those attending high school for the last-time, dreams and hopes brighten-up so many faces.
In this light, I am asking that the small number of people recklessly and ignorantly choose to speed through our neighbourhoods, and in particular, past local schools on a daily basis, be cognizant that our sidewalks and crosswalks will be populated with our most vulnerable members of society. As such, please slow down as these egregious acts put our children, and the adults who supervise them, as they walk to school or play in local parks in serious danger.
What if it was your child? I hope this will only ever be a rhetorical question for speeders in our community. What is lost on some drivers is that speeding endangers the lives of their own family and their neighbours.
Speeding is a serious issue on Ottawa roads. According to the Ottawa Police, in 2009, speeding or driving too fast for road and weather conditions resulted in 3,454 reportable collisions. These collisions resulted in 15 deaths and 1,002 injuries – including 43 serious injuries.
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is reminding drivers to slow down in school zones.
“As spring brings more children walking and biking to school we want to remind residents to slow down in school zones,” says Blais. “We need to ensure the safety and security of our streets and protect our most vulnerable asset – our children.”
Councillor Blais is targeting school zone speeders in September.
“There is no excuse for speeding in school zones,” says Blais. “We need to ensure the safety and security of our streets and protect our most vulnerable asset – our children.”
The City of Ottawa will be deploying speed display boards throughout the community to reinforce the need to slow down in front of schools.
“We are being very proactive,” adds Blais. “Speed boards are an effective method of reminding and encouraging drivers to slow down and drive safely throughout the community, especially in front of our schools and parks.”