Photo radar proposed for area school zones
Willowdale is no stranger to speeding cars. However, the introduction of Bill 65 by the province that would allow photo radar in school zones has inspired hope in residents that it may be implemented across more neighbourhood streets.
“It’s been a problem for decades,” said Ward 23 councillor John Filion. “As the main streets get congested, transient traffic tries to cut through wherever they can. So you have speeding taking place on at least half the streets in Willowdale.”
In 2014, Filion introduced Watch Your Speed, a pilot program, which brought 10 radar speed display signs into school zones. After 11 months of testing, the city saw a reduction of the number of vehicles over the speed limit and a decrease in operating speeds.
But although some signs remain at certain corners, residents believe there is much more to be done.
“They have a solution,” said Mike Capotosto, president of the West Lansing Homeowners Association. “They could do photo radar.”
However, there is strong opposition to the implementation of this technology in Ontario. Chris Klimek, who founded the site nophotoradar.ca in January 2016, argues that photo radar technology serves more as a ticketing tool than an effective way of minimizing speeding accidents.
“Why would we want a technology that won’t actually apprehend anyone?” asked Klimek. “There are so many other tools that would be much more effective than a simple tool designed for revenue generation.”
The Safer School Zones Act, passed by Ontario in late May, will be developed over the next few months with no known date of implementation.