AMA School Safety Patrollers honoured for leadership at the crosswalk
City of Edmonton proclaims June 2 as AMA School Safety Patroller Day
Edmonton (June 2, 2017) – For 79 years, generations of dedicated and hardworking AMA School Safety patrollers have been getting to school early and leaving late – come rain or shine, snow or sleet – to guide their classmates safely across school crosswalks and provide a visual reminder of traffic safety within school zones. In recognition of these efforts, the City of Edmonton has proclaimed June 2, AMA School Safety Patroller Day.
“It is an honour to acknowledge the AMA School Safety Patrol Program and, most importantly, the patrollers,” said City Councillor Scott McKeen who delivered the proclamation at the annual patroller appreciation event at Edmonton’s Kinsmen Park. “The program helps keep our children safe and supports the City’s long term goal of Vision Zero: zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The City is grateful to AMA and for the many student volunteers and teachers who help run the program.”
Since 1937, AMA School Safety patrollers have been keeping Albertans safe at supervised crosswalks across the province. Today, the AMA School Safety Patrol Program consists of more than 16,000 volunteer patrollers in grades five and six at 500 schools throughout the province. There are over 5,000 patrollers and 343 crosswalks in the Edmonton area alone. Patrollers work hard throughout the year to be role models and leaders, delivering the message that safety is everyone’s responsibility.
“This is a particularly special recognition from the city that we’re honoured to receive,” says Jeff Kasbrick, AMA VP Stakeholder and Government Relations. “Not only is this a well-deserved acknowledgement of the work of both past and present patrollers, but it also reinforces the value of the program in keeping traffic safety top-of-mind and the role that all of us can play to keep our kids and our crosswalks safe.”
AMA’s School Safety Patrol program is its largest traffic safety initiative. The program’s success is due to the tremendous support of the schools, teachers as well as community safety partners such as the Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP. “The community of support for AMA School Safety Patrol program is critical and ultimately helps build safer communities within Edmonton and across the province – particularly in keeping our youngest and most vulnerable pedestrians safe,” adds Kasbrick.
For further information, please contact:
Susan Boyd, AMA, 587-785-6006 (cell) or 1-888-960-NEWS firstname.lastname@example.org
Althea Livingston, Vision Zero, 780-217-6653 (cell) or email@example.com
The Alberta Motor Association (AMA) is among the largest membership organizations in Alberta, representing more than 975,000 members. As a leading advocate for traffic safety, travel and consumer protection and crime prevention, AMA represents the interests of its members to industry and all levels of government and helps protect the things they care about most. Visit ama.ab.ca to learn more about AMA’s products, services and member advocacy efforts.
About Vision Zero:
In 2015, the City of Edmonton was the first major Canadian City to officially adopt Vision Zero. Vision Zero is a long-term strategy of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Making changes to infrastructure and traffic-safety culture takes time. However, it can happen through the application of a Safe System, evidence-based approach, and the 5 E’s of traffic safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Engagement, and Evaluation. For more information about Vision Zero visit edmonton.ca/visionzero and follow @VisionZeroYEG on Twitter for program updates and traffic safety tips.