(This letter was written in response to comments from Councillor Shad Qadri in his March 11 newsletter to residents.)
Photo radar is just another tool to deter speeding and make our roads safer. Speeding and aggressive driving is an ongoing problem in the Fairwinds community as it is across the city.
In my case vehicles exiting Huntmar go far too fast down Rosehill east between Huntmar and Maple Grove. There is a blind corner on this stretch and my neighbors routinely place signs and other props to remind drivers to slow down. This does have some impact however more needs to be done. The speed limit in the community should be lowered to 40 km or even 30 km in these areas. I know from experience living on the corner with the traffic circle that backing into my driveway is a hazard as drivers just do not slow down exiting Huntmar at the traffic circle.
The fact that the Minister (Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca) is not in favour of photo radar is plain stupidity and ignorance to the problem at hand. Speeding and aggressive driving kills and maims pedestrians and other drivers alike. Statistics provide the evidence and if the Minister did his job he would see these facts pertinent to photo radar as a tool.
All tools like photo radar and stop signs amongst other traffic measures are just a plain common sense approach to address the problem.
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