Curbing the need for speed in Oakville

Council has approved a pilot project to install Radar Speed Display Signs

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Curbing the need for speed in Oakville
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Dave Gittings

Dave Gittings

Councillor Dave Gittings and his wife Susan have resided in Ward 3 for the past 25 plus years. Their three children attended Chisholm, EJ James Public School, and Oakville Trafalgar High School. Recently after a 30-year career in advertising management at the Toronto Star, this is Dave's first term as Town & Regional Councillor. Dave has been actively involved in both the business community and with a wide range of Oakville associations and groups.

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As a result of ongoing community concerns over speeding throughout our area, I was successful in having Ward 3 selected as the test site for Solar Powered Speed Sentry Unit testing last year.

Based on the feedback received, Council has approved a pilot project starting this month to install Radar Speed Display Signs (RSDS) at 6 locations throughout town for a period of 6 months to evaluate this tool for potential inclusion into our traffic calming program. Besides displaying vehicle speed, they record the numbers of vehicles and their speed, allowing for the data to be collected in place of the usual rubber strips that are traditionally used for this purpose.

Halton Regional Police Service encourages residents to document specific instances when the vehicle can be identified using their ROAD WATCH ONLINE report. These reports will be viewed by a police officer and, if deemed appropriate, a letter may be sent to the registered vehicle owner encouraging all who drive their vehicle to do so in a safe and responsible manner. Further information and the report can be located at Road Watch.

One of the methods that may be used to remind motorists to watch their speed is the signs pictured to the left. Based on the experience of several Ward 3 residents who have used these signs, the difference has been noticeable.

I have obtained a number of these signs and would encourage you to contact me if you would like to use them on your street. In order to be effective, this should be a neighbourhood effort, with signs rotated among a number of properties. The signs should be removed at night to prevent damage/theft. Please contact me if you would like further information on this SLOW DOWN /NO NEED TO SPEED programme.

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