Toronto is considering doubling speed fines around elementary schools in an effort to slow motorists down, and photo radar could be a part of the picture too.
Unlike school zones, community safety zones wouldn’t have a perimeter limit of 150 meters and drivers would have to pay attention to signage, flashing lights and zebra-style road markings to identify the zones.
If approved by council, speeding fines would increase and the city would be one step closer to using photo radar to catch drivers in these zones. For photo radar to become a reality, the province would have to enact regulations in the Safer School Zones Act first.
The report under review is a part of the city’s Vision Zero safety plan, which aims to bring the number of road deaths in Toronto to zero.
At least two young children have died so far this year while getting dropped off or picked up from Toronto schools.