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Montreal area police equip schoolchildren with backpacks that display speed cameras

September 6, 2023  By The Canadian Press

Sep. 6, 2023, Montreal, Que. – Children in Quebec are becoming living speed cameras as a way to get drivers to slow down in school zones.

Police in the Montreal area are equipping a handful of schoolchildren with backpacks that display passing vehicles’ speeds.

The demonstrations are part of a series of measures municipalities are deploying to better secure school zones this year.

The City of Montreal is launching biweekly police operations to crack down on dangerous driving around schools.


It’s also raising sidewalks and reducing the size of lanes on streets by dozens of schools to improve safety and calm traffic.

Efforts to make Montreal school zones safer took on renewed urgency last December when a seven-year-old girl who had recently arrived from Ukraine was killed in a hit-and-run on her way to class.

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