Community Safety Zones

Community Safety Zone Begins Community Safety Zone Ends

Community Safety Zones help to change driver behaviour, including reducing speed and distracted driving, and improving safety on certain sections of road where public safety is of special concern.

We're implementing two Community Safety Zones approved by Regional Council beginning September 2019 at:

Regional staff will report back to council at the end of 2019 on recommendations for Community Safety Zones on regional roads throughout Niagara.

Motorists

Community Safety Zones let motorists know they are within a zone where fines 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.

Community Safety Zones signs are posted at the limits of the zone with "Begins" and "Ends" tabs defining the legal limits of the zone. The rules of the road don't change within the zone. Only the penalties for violations are increased.

Signs will be posted the first week of school with enforcement beginning mid-September.

Choosing a Community Safety Zone

Site selection includes locations which have safety concerns or complaints near sensitive areas such as schools, retirement homes and daycares. When choosing a site, we look at the:

  • 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

Highway Traffic Act

In June 1998, the Province of Ontario passed Bill 26 to promote public safety through the creation of Community Safety Zones. The bill, and its regulatory changes, are targeted at improving road safety in Ontario.

Under section 214.1 of the Highway Traffic Act, "The Council of a municipality may by by-law designate a part of a highway under its jurisdiction as a Community Safety Zone if, in the Council's opinion, public safety is of special concern on that part of a highway."

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