Brock Township will be designating two streets in the Beaverton area as Community Safety Zones.
Pending final approval from council, the measure will be implemented along both Cedar Beach Road and Parklawn Boulevard, stretching from Main Street to Concession 5 Thorah.
The suggestion came from Ward 1 Councillor Mike Jubb after the municipality received a pair of letters from concerned residents at Monday’s (March 25) meeting of the protection services committee.
“The community — between Concession 5 Thorah. along Cedar Beach and Parklawn, right to Main Street – is a death trap for the many, many people who are out on the roads for enjoyment of the fresh country air…The elderly folks with motorized wheelchairs, families with toddlers in wagons, children on bicycles heading to the bail park, all can attest to the dangerous speeds that vehicular traffic travels through this community,” reads a letter from Colleen Pocock.
“l’m requesting serious consideration that this area must be assigned as a community safety zone for the residents to live, walk and play.”
Coun. Jubb echoed those sentiments as he introduced his motion.
“There’s definitely a safety concern,” he said, referring to the two roads as “dragways.”
“During the campaign, I heard complaints from pretty much every household.”
In a Community Safety Zone, fines for some traffic violations have been increased through a special designation under the Highway Traffic Act (many set fines are doubled such as speeding and traffic signal related offences).
The motion passed by council also requests that the DRPS increase enforcement in the area.
“This is one proactive thing that council can do to improve safety along those two roads,” Jubb said in an interview following the meeting.