Premier Kathleen Wynne and Mayor John Tory made an appearance at a Leaside elementary school, Thursday morning, to reveal that “automated speed enforcement technology” is returning to school zones.
More ominously referred to as “photo radar”, it’s one of the measures the Liberal government are introducing to improve safety in school zones.
Another significant initiative is the flexibility for municipalities to change the speed limits if need be for safety zones.
“We’re going to make it so that city’s can change the speed limit,” said Wynne, “They can lower the speed limit in particular areas, if they choose to.”
The idea is to reduce pedestrian fatalities, particularly with distracted young children.
New legislation will make the introduction of photo radar and red light cameras easier to institute in zones they deem a safety risk for students.
Toronto city council is behind the reduced speed actions, their plan is to lower speed limits in 54 different locations as part of an $80 million dollar road safety plan.
In September, city council voted to lower some speed limits to 30 km/h on roads in the downtown core and East York community council districts.
Photo radar in school & community safety zones – part of the plan we announced today to crack down on unsafe drivers. Slow down for kids! pic.twitter.com/mXLfh04AtA
— Kathleen Wynne (@Kathleen_Wynne) November 8, 2016
Met "Canada's Best Crossing Guard." Jake Apacible has been helping Northlea PS students get safely to & from school for over 10 years. pic.twitter.com/92Dr2M2VNk
— John Tory (@JohnTory) November 10, 2016
— Jon Burnside (@jon_burnside) November 10, 2016