Highway traffic act proposal in P.E.I.

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — Transportation and Public Works Minister Gail Shea tabled a bill in the Legislature that will enhance government efforts to improve safety on Island roads.

“These measures which I’ve tabled have been developed in response to concerns from citizens, groups and communities. It’s my hope that these initiatives will build upon ongoing efforts by my department, including stepped-up Highway Safety patrols and public education which, along with the efforts of Islanders, will help make Island roads as safe as possible,” says Shea in announcing the proposed measures.

The proposal includes a number of provisions aimed at increasing general road safety including the following:

* The mandatory wearing of bicycle safety helmets.
*Increasing the fine structure for passing school buses from their current levels to a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $5,000.
* Inclusion of amber lights on snow equipment and garbage trucks.
* Increased authority for peace officers to prevent unsafe vehicles from operating.
* Expand the period from 5 to 10 years that driving license records can be reviewed for possible suspension, for multiple impaired driving offences.
* Vehicle impoundment for repeat offenders who drive with a suspended license.

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