Pilot project in Meaford aimed at curbing speeding on local roads .

Highway Transportation



A digital speed sign deployed at St. Vincent Street in Meaford is pictured on Oct. 15. Greg Cowan/The Sun Times

Meaford and the Ontario Provincial Police are turning to technology to help curb speeding on local streets.

A pilot project launched recently is asking residents of Meaford to report traffic concerns through the municipality’s website (www.meaford.ca/trafficconcerns).

To report a concern, residents will have to fill in their name, address, phone and e-mail and include the name of the road and details of the incident, including date and time.

Once a complaint is received, staff will deploy traffic counters at two locations on the targeted roadway.

“The traffic counters will stay in place for a week and track the number and speed of all vehicles that use that road. This data will then be collected and analyzed to look for trends, like times of day that are worse and the volume of offenders,” a Meaford media release states.

The data from the traffic counters will be provided to the OPP who will then set up targeted enforcement if speeding in the area is identified as an issue.

As the data from the pilot project is collected, municipal officials hope to gain a better understanding of high-problem areas so enforcement and traffic-calming measures can be implemented where needed.

Some of those traffic-calming measures could include digital speed signs – like the one currently deployed at St. Vincent Street – or targeted enforcement. Enhanced signs, pavement markings, or physical roadway alterations such as medians can also be used to help reduce speeding on local roadways, according to the municipality.

“We take pride in ensuring the safety of our roadways and users,” said manager of transportation services Jessica Wiley in a release. “We have received increased complaints from residents about speeding and traffic safety, and our goal is to encourage safer, more responsible driving.”

The pilot project comes a few months after Grey County Warden Paul McQueen invited Ontario’s transportation minister to visit the area this fall to further discuss the need for long-term provincial planning to improve traffic flow and address other concerns, such as increased volumes and speeding, on local highways.

McQueen said he would like Minister Caroline Mulroney’s tour to include visits to Highways 6 and 10, particularly in the Owen Sound area, as well as to The Blue Mountains, which is experiencing traffic issues, including on Highway 26, due to increased traffic volumes.