August 26, 2014 12:37 pm

Council bans right turn on red light at corner where girl was killed

A photo of Georgia Walsh.

Handout/Walsh family

TORONTO – Drivers will no longer be able to turn right while sitting at a red light at an intersection in Leaside where a 7-year-old died last month.

Councillors voted Tuesday to prohibit right turns on a red light at the intersection of Millwood Road and McRae Drive.

Georgia Walsh, the daughter of Conservative Party president John Walsh, was hit by a car and killed while crossing Millwood Road during the afternoon of July 16.  She was taken to Sick Kids where she was pronounced dead.

Now city council is doing something to “address certain local concerns.”

Watch previous stories done about Georgia Walsh and traffic concerns in Leaside

Councillor John Parker wrote in his motion that the area attracts a “large number of children and families” and prohibiting right turns on red lights should “improve pedestrian and vehicular safety.”

A safety campaign was launched in the wake of the girl’s death calling on city council to do something to stop the influx of traffic from Eglinton Avenue and force drivers to slow down.  A neighbourhood group started selling signs reading “Slow Down Kids At Play” and have so far sold hundreds to people in Leaside and around Toronto.

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