New technology to capture motorists passing stopped school buses launches this Thursday, May 23

OTTAWA – Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Stephen Blais, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee, along with representatives from the Ottawa Police Service, Safer Roads Ottawa and the Consortium transport scolaire d’Ottawa (CTSO) will launch the school bus stop-arm camera program. The launch will go ahead 8:30 a.m. this Thursday, May 23, at Ottawa City Hall.

The launch of the program marks the first time that a fully automated school bus stop camera technology system is used in the Province of Ontario to lay charges against drivers. The camera system captures footage of vehicles that fail to stop for school buses with their lights flashing and stop-arm extended.

During the final two-month phase of the pilot project in 2016, the camera system captured an average of five vehicles passing the stopped school bus per day.

The Safer Roads Ottawa Program is a leading community partnership between Ottawa Fire Services, Ottawa Paramedic Service, Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Public Health and the Transportation Services Department committed to preventing or eliminating road deaths and serious injuries for all residents in the City of Ottawa through culture change, community engagement, and development of a sustainable safe transportation environment.

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