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June 24, 1998
City Councillor and Toronto MPP Push Province to Implement Red Light Cameras at High Risk Intersections
Councillor Lorenzo Berardinetti,Scarborough City Centre, and Mike Colle,MPP,
Oakwood, the sponsor of a Private Members Bill on Red Light Cameras, will join
a group of local residents at the southeast corner of Kennedy Road and
Ellesmere Road at 11:30 a.m., Friday June 26, 1998, to protest the lack of
Provincial action on the installation of Red Light cameras at high risk
intersections throughout the City of Toronto.

"Toronto City Council recently approved a motion urging the Province to support
the installation of these devices, but thus far, they have failed to act", said
Councillor Berardinetti. "The intersection of Kennedy and Ellesmere has one of
the highest number of collisions anywhere in the City of Toronto, many of which
are a result of drivers speeding through red lights. During a recent one-hour
random survey by transportation staff, 24 red light violations were observed. A
number of school children use the intersection on a daily basis, and it's only
a matter of time before a tragedy occurs".

Mike Colle's Private Member's Bill recently passed Second Reading in the
Legislature, and has been referred to the Standing Committee on Social
Development. If adopted, the legislation would allow a municipality to install
cameras at major intersections, and the fines collected would be used to pay
for the installation, operation and maintenance of the equipment. "The
Government has failed to recognize the importance of this issue, but the fact
that this bill has received support from members of all three parties indicates
that they are prepared to put politics aside in the interest of public safety",
noted Mr. Colle.

Councillor Berardinetti has also written to Councillor Jack Layton, and
indicated his support for Layton's proposed Red Light pilot project. "If
Councillor Layton's idea is adopted by the Province, the intersections at
Kennedy and Ellesmere, Kennedy and Eglinton and Markham and Lawrence should be
test sites because of the high incidence of collisions and threat to public

Media Contact
Greg Farrant
Councillor's Office
(416) 397-9274



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