TTC to look into installing dash cams in buses, streetcars
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TORONTO – The TTC is looking into installing dashboard cameras on streetcars and buses as part of a safety review expanded in the wake of a teen girl’s death on Friday.
The review was initially launched seven weeks ago after several buses were filmed running red lights by Toronto drivers with dash cams installed in their cars.
But TTC CEO Andy Byford expanded the review Monday after 14-year-old Amaria Diljohn was hit and killed by a TTC bus.
The review will investigate where dashboard cameras might be installed, when and the cost of the program. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said in an email Tuesday it is too soon to say when you might find dash cams on TTC vehicles.
Diljohn was killed Friday when she was crossing Finch Avenue East near Neilson Road. The TTC bus, driven by a 27-year-old man, did not remain at the scene. Police are investigating and the driver is not currently facing any charges.
The review will also be looking at the training drivers get before taking the wheel of the bus and whether it’s sufficient.
“(We are going) to look at both the initial recruitment of operators and subsequently their driving and supervision we give operators when they’re out on the road,” said TTC CEO Andy Byford during a press conference Tuesday.