New Measures Announced To Catch And Penalize School-Bus Drive-Bys

Friday April 26th, 2019

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The Ontario Government has announced new measures to give municipalities the tools they need to target drivers who do not stop for school buses

According to government figures, each school day, more than 837,000 students travel in a school vehicle in Ontario. Injuries and fatalities, which are very rare, happen more often outside the school bus as students are boarding and leaving the bus or crossing the street.

The proposed regulations will allow for more efficient enforcement and prosecution by allowing evidence from school-bus cameras to be used in court without the requirement of an additional witness.

“The safety of our most precious resource, our children, is our government’s number one priority,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation.  “We intend to create a regulatory framework that will allow for more efficient enforcement and prosecution to keep our children safer.”

Ontario also plans to introduce legislation that, if passed, would allow municipalities to target drivers who threaten the safety of children on school buses with new, additional monetary penalties. Shots from school-bus cameras would capture the licence plate, and all charges would go to the registered owner of that car.

 

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