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July 18, 2008

Diamond Lane Enforcement Research Project to commence Friday, July 18, 2008

Traffic camera to monitor diamond lane on southbound Osborne at Mostyn Place

Released: 12:30 p.m.

WINNIPEG - July 18, 2008 The public is advised that starting Friday, July 18, 2008, Winnipeg Transit will use a photo enforcement camera to monitor traffic in the diamond lane (curb lane) on southbound Osborne Street at Mostyn Place. The photo enforcement camera will be used for a period of six months, to research the feasibility of using photo safety technology to monitor compliance of diamond lanes.

Images will be captured of vehicles not adhering to the diamond lane restriction during the 15:30 to 17:30 (3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) time period, when all traffic except buses and cyclists must turn right. However, drivers will not be ticketed based on data captured by the photo enforcement camera monitoring the diamond lane on southbound Osborne at Mostyn Place during the six month trial period. Please note, however, that the Winnipeg Police Service will continue to conduct regular traffic enforcement activities throughout the city, including this location.

This location was selected based on 1) a high number of diamond lane violations occurring per day during the restricted 15:30 to 17:30 time period Monday to Friday; and 2) the difficulty for police to enforce traffic violations at this site.

When motorists illegally use diamond lanes, Transit service is negatively impacted in terms of travel time and reliability. As well, traffic not complying with diamond lane traffic controls can pose serious safety risks to motorists and pedestrians.

Funding for the Diamond Lane Enforcement Research Project is provided by the federal Public Transit Capital Trust (PTCT). Manitoba received $32.6 million through the PTCT for projects that enhance transit service in communities across Manitoba.

Last update: 18.07.2008

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