Niagara Region is adding ten new Community Safety Zones at schools located on Regional Roads coinciding with the first week of school on Sept. 8. The new locations are in the communities of Fort Erie, Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Welland and West Lincoln.
The objective is to help improve safety for students and their families travelling to and from school. Community Safety Zones help modify driver behaviour including reducing speed and distracted driving, and improve safety on certain sections of road where public safety is of special concern.
Last year, Niagara Region launched Community Safety Zones at two schools on Regional Roads with the expectation to add more. Niagara Regional Council approved the following new Community Safety Zones to go live at the start of the school year. The locations include:
Staff, in partnership with Niagara Regional Police, are targeting an education and awareness week from Sept. 8 to 20 (inclusive), with enforcement beginning the week of Sept. 21.
These two locations were the first two Community Safety Zones on Regional Roads unveiled for the 2019-20 school year:
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 don’t 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 daycares. The following items help to prioritize site location selections:
Niagara Region is working on Community Safety Zones in partnership with Niagara Student Transportation Services, District School Board of Niagara, Niagara Catholic District School Board, local private schools, Niagara Region Public Health and Niagara Regional Police Services.
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