May 16, 2018 6:50 am

London city committee endorses photo radar in school zones

Five councillors signed a joint letter asking city staff to take a look at putting photo radar in school zones.

Adrian Raaber / Global News

London’s civic works committee has endorsed a plan aimed at increasing school zone safety.

A year after the province passed a bill allowing municipalities to implement automated speed enforcement in school zones, five Councillors signed a joint letter asking city staff to take a look at putting photo radar in those areas.

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“[We want to] start some consultation with the road safety advisory committee – of their stakeholders. Specifically, [we want] to reach out to the staff in Canmore, Alberta where they’re already using automated speed enforcement,’ said Ward 4 Coun. Jesse Helmer.

“It’s just one step forward to report back about how we could do automated speed enforcement well in the city of London,” he said.

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The city has already lowered speed limits in school zones, but putting in photo radar would be an automated way to ensure those limits are enforced, said Helmer.

“[We can then] say, ‘The limit is 40 km/h and if you go over you’re going to be caught.'”

Councillors endorsed the motion 3-0.

Staff are expected to report back on the issue early next year.

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