Niagara Region Launches ‘Community Safety Zones’ Near Schools Along Two Regional Roads

* St. David’s Public School on Regional Rd. 81 (York Rd.) from Queenston Rd.    to Concession 3 Rd. in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake 

* Twenty Valley Public School on Regional Rd. 24 (Victoria Ave.) from    Frederick Ave. to Regional Rd. 81 (King St.) in the Town of Lincoln

Community Safety Zones will help get students to school safely at two locations in Niagara this September

A News Release from Niagara’s Regional Government

Posted September 6th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – It’s back to school time, and Niagara Region is launching Community Safety Zones at two locations on Regional Roads to help improve safety for students and their families travelling to and from school.

Community Safety Zones are intended to modify driver behaviour including reducing speed and distracted driving, and improve safety on certain sections of road where public safety is of special concern.

These two locations are the first two Community Safety Zones on Regional Roads:

  • St. David’s Public School on Regional Rd. 81 (York Rd.) from Queenston Rd.    to Concession 3 Rd. in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Twenty Valley Public School on Regional Rd. 24 (Victoria Ave.) from    Frederick Ave. to Regional Rd. 81 (King St.) in the Town of Lincoln ​

The Community Safety Zone signs are up now, the police will be doing an educational campaign from Sept. 3 to 15, followed by enforcement starting the week of Sept. 16, 2019.

Community Safety Zones let motorists know they are within a zone where the Highway Traffic Act has been modified to double the legislated penalty provisions for moving violations. Community Safety Zone signs are posted at the limits of the zone with “Begins” and “Ends” tabs, clearly defining the legal limits of the zone.

The rules of the road do not change within the zone, only the penalties for violations are increased. Site selection includes locations which have safety concerns or complaints near sensitive areas such as schools, retirement homes and day cares.

Numerous elementary school kids walk along Collier Road to and from school each day, and the sidewalks along the road are also used by many students walking to and from bus stops for nearby Brock University.

School principals, teachers and parents, and school crossing guards have complained about the traffic on this road for at least two or three decades now.

The following items help to prioritize site location selections:

  • Number of safety and speeding complaints at location
  • Percentage of students and families walking to and from school
  • Speeding study results and number of violations
  • Collision history Niagara Region is implementing these first two Community Safety Zone locations (which were approved by Niagara Regional Council in July, 2019) beginning Sept. 2019.

Niagara Region’s headquarters in Thorold/Niagara

Regional staff will report back to Council at the end of 2019 with recommendations on possible additional locations for Community Safety Zones on Regional Roads throughout Niagara.

Niagara Region is working in partnership on Community Safety Zones with Niagara Student Transportation Services, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Regional Police Services.

A Footnote from Niagara At Large publisher Doug Draper –

I can think of at least one regional road in Thorold that seems like a no brainer for one of these zones.

That road is Collier Road between St. David’s Road and Beaverdams Road in Thorold where a total of four public and Catholic grade schools are located on Collier (in the case of two, and just a few blocks off, in the case of the others, and where too many cars and trucks speed along as if they were on a highway.

Numerous elementary school kids walk along Collier Road to and from school each day, and the sidewalks along the road are also used by many students walking to and from bus stops for nearby Brock University.

School principals, teachers and parents, and school crossing guards have complained about the traffic on this road for at least two or three decades now, so what are we waiting for?

Perhaps some of you can think of a regional road that should get the Community Safety Zone treatment too. Feel free to share any suggestion you may have below, and be sure to call it in to Niagara’s regional government too.

To learn more about this Niagara Region intiative, click on – <https://www.niagararegion.ca/living/roads/community-safety-zones.aspx>

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