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New rules planned for rural roads in Ontario

By Justin Medve [1] and Charlotte McParland [2]

BELLEVILLE — Legislation and tools that target unsafe driving are in the works for Ontario municipalities.

Premier Kathleen Wynne [3] announced the intended legislation in Ottawa on Tuesday.

“Municipalities and our road safety partners have strongly advocated for tougher measures to stop dangerous drivers and better protect pedestrians [4]. These measures would strengthen road safety in school zones and help municipalities keep their communities safe,” she said.

If passed, measures would include:

This comes as a result of increasing collisions involving children, seniors, cyclists and other pedestrians, the government says.

According to a press release, speed plays a large factor when it comes to rural accidents. In 2013, three out of four speed-related collisions occurred on municipal roads.

QNet News reporter Lindsey Harren visited a Napanee [6] crosswalk that is being monitored by police after they warned drivers to stop for students. That story can be seen here [7].

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