Newly Proposed Provincial Legislation to Make School Zones Safer

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The Province of Ontario is working together with municipalities like Ottawa to help combat speeding.

The proposed legislation would target unsafe drivers by giving municipalities a larger toolset to improve safety in community safety and school zones including automated speed enforcement (ASE) technologies such as photo radar, the ability to create zones with reduced speed limits, and increased participation in Ontario’s Red Light Camera program.

Speed is one of the biggest killers on Ontario’s roads: 14 per cent of all people killed on our roads in 2013 died in collisions where speed was a factor. In 2013, approximately three out of every four speed-related collisions occurred on municipal roads. Studies also show that lowering the speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in urban areas would reduce the number of deaths by half.

The Province has listened to multiple municipalities’ concerns regarding traffic safety in their communities and is proposing these changes as part of Ontario’s plan to make roads safer for cyclists and pedestrians and create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.