City sup­ports idea

Tim­mins coun­cil added its voice to those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties call­ing for cam­eras to be in­stalled on school buses.

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - LEN GIL­LIS

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment pre­vi­ously passed leg­is­la­tion which would al­low the in­stal­la­tion of stop-arm cam­eras. There­fore when some­one drives past a stopped school bus with the arm out, it would take a photo and al­low a fine to be is­sued.” mayor Steve black

tim­mins city coun­cil is lend­ing its sup­port to a push to have cam­eras in­stalled on school buses.

the goal is to help catch and con­vict mo­torists who il­le­gally drive past stopped school buses when they are pick­ing up or drop­ping off stu­dents.

the is­sue was pre­sented to tim­mins city coun­cil this week as On­tario’s min­istry of trans­porta­tion (mto) seeks sup­port for the road safety por­tion of On­tario bill 174, which would al­low for au­to­mated school bus cam­eras. Coun­cil ap­proved a res­o­lu­tion of sup­port.

mayor Steve black said he brought this back to the city since it was raised as a re­quest at the an­nual meet­ing of the as­so­ci­a­tion of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of On­tario held in Ot­tawa in au­gust.

“the pro­vin­cial govern­ment pre­vi­ously passed leg­is­la­tion which would al­low the in­stal­la­tion of stop-arm cam­eras. there­fore when some­one drives past a stopped school bus with the arm out, it would take a photo and al­low a fine to be is­sued,” black told coun­cil.

“but the pre­vi­ous govern­ment, likely due to elec­tions, and the new govern­ment has not de­vel­oped those reg­u­la­tions yet. So this group is hop­ing to gain sup­port from mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to en­cour­age the (On­tario) govern­ment to pass the sub­se­quent reg­u­la­tions that would al­low this process to start and hope­fully in­crease the safety of school buses.”

as the is­sue came to a vote at city coun­cil on tues­day, black asked for an amend­ment to the mo­tion to have the city’s chief ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cer for­ward a let­ter of sup­port for the school bus cam­era con­cept to mto. there is no time­line yet to de­ter­mine when Queen’s park might pass the leg­is­la­tion.

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There is a con­cern­ing in­crease in driv­ers ig­nor­ing school bus safety lights and stops. Tim­mins city coun­cil is en­dors­ing calls to in­stall cam­eras on all school buses in or­der to nab of­fend­ing mo­torists.

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