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Web-extra (March 16, 2017): Provincial Report; Making Our Community Streets Safer!

Web-extra (March 16, 2017): Provincial Report;
Making Our Community Streets Safer!

By Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre.

It’s our daily routine: getting up from bed, waking the kids up, breakfast, getting them ready for school and heading off to work. We kiss our kids goodbye trusting they will be safe in their schools, with their favourite teachers and best friends at recess. What about the streets our children are walking on, playing on, and crossing? When we leave our children at school, we expect that everyone driving in those areas will be as cautious as we are with our youngest residents. That is why keeping our speed limits in check is so important to me and our community.

I have heard from so many of you about the importance of lowering speed limits on Ottawa’s residential streets and in our schools zones. As a parent myself, I know how important it is to have safe streets, which is why I have been advocating for a change to the default speed-limit and even made it part of my 2014 campaign. You can see the video commitment here: “Speed Limits on Residential Streets and in School Zones” Published on Jun 3, 2014 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udOCQhgE5Ng . .

Last fall, I was very excited to join Premier Kathleen Wynne at Elmdale Public School on Iona Street, to announce new legislation that will make our communities and school zones safer. If passed, “Bill 65, Safer School Zones Act, 2016” would give municipalities more tools to improve safety in community areas, school zones, and residential streets.

These measures would include:

  • Automated speed enforcement (ASE) technology on municipal roads, which takes pictures of speeders’ licence plates and is already used in many parts of North America and Europe, and for community safety zones and school zones;
  • The ability to create zones with reduced speed limits ( lower than 50 km/h ) to decrease the severity of pedestrian-vehicle collisions in urban areas; and,
  • A streamlined process for municipalities to participate in Ontario’s Red Light Camera program without the need for lengthy regulatory approval.

I am very proud of our community for championing this important initiative to keep our streets and schools safe for children, pedestrians and cyclists all across the province. There were many people who added their voice of support to make this legislation possible – I would like to personally thank everyone in our community for the hard work and determination.

We have achieved a lot through tabling the Safer School Zones Act, including helping to keep our kids safe right across the province. Here is the link to the bill if you would like to read more on it: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&BillID=4358&detailPage=bills_detail_the_bill .

I believe in working closely as a community to make collaborative decisions and choices. It is through the hard work of caring parents in our community that we were able to table change for better communities across the province. Thank you for your hard work and determination to champion this important initiative. This is another step closer to keeping our streets and schools safe!

If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to talk about the Safer School Zones Act further, please do not hesitate to contact my Community Office: ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or 613-722-6414 . Wishing you safe travels to and from your daily commutes and hope you’re enjoying the final days of our winter!

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Photo Caption: Ottawa Centre MPP, Yasir Naqvi is joined by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson at Elmdale Public School on Iona Street to announce “Bill 65 – Safer School Zones Act, 2016”.

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