NS proposes photo radar, cell ban

HALIFAX — Drivers in Nova Scotia may soon have to look out for photo radar cameras set up to catch speeders and red light runners. And in case truckers plan on calling their fellow haulers to warn them of a spotted speed trap — forget it. Cell phones could get banned too.

On Friday, Nova Scotia’s government tabled a bill that would launch an 18-month pilot program that would include installing photo radar systems and in areas where the speed is 70 km/h or less. The proposed legislation also bans held-held cell phones while the driver is operating a vehicle.

However, Canadian Press reports that the proposal might have difficulty becoming law, as the minority Tory government could struggle securing opposition party support.

The bill also calls for doubling fines for drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks. The new penalties include $500 for a first offence, $1,000 for a second and $2,000 for a third.

— with files from Canadian Press

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