Brampton council passes motion to install photo radar cameras in school zones

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City councillor Jeff Bowman recently introduced a motion in a Committee of Council meeting for the installation and activation of photo radar cameras in school zones. 

"As a City Councillor, I receive daily calls and emails from concerned residents about drivers speeding through their neighbourhoods," said Councillor Bowman.

"Families are fearful that their children or elderly parents could be harmed by cars speed racing or driving too fast. 

Councillor Bowman added, "Now that the provincial government provides municipalities the ability to adopt new and enhanced tools to promote safety, it is our responsibility to take advantage of any opportunity to make our communities safer." 

As of November 29, 2019, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation has confirmed they will be filing enabling regulations under the 'Safer School Zones Act,' which allows cities to implement photo radar cameras and detecting equipment to monitor and enforce speeding.

"My motion calls on the Mayor and Members of Council to send a request to the Attorney General of Ontario, suggesting to waive the 90-day posting period of warning signs prior to the induction of photo radar equipment and being implementation within 45-days so Brampton can act quickly," said Councillor Bowman.

"We're taking immediate action - we want drivers to slow down and don't want to wait any longer to see change."

The motion passed as a unanimous decision and city staff will be reporting back with recommendations as well as an implementation plan by early 2020.

Any costs associated with this implementation will be included in the 2020 budget requests by the appropriate departments.

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