Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek announced new measures today to give municipalities the tools they need to target drivers who threaten the safety of children crossing roads to their school or home.
The proposed regulations would allow evidence from cameras mounted to school buses to be used in court without the requirement of an additional witness. This change will make it easier to prosecute offenders who drive past stopped school buses. 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 safety of our most precious resource, our children, is our government’s number one priority,” said Minister Yurek.
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.