Stopping Red Light Running in Halton

Have you seen someone run a red light? If so, you’re in the company of 40% of Halton drivers who reported seeing someone run a red light at least once a week and 62% who say they’ve witnessed a near-miss accident due to someone running a red.

Clearly this is unacceptable. Halton Region and Halton Regional Police Services work hard to earn the distinction of being named the safest place to live in the GTA and the Safest Municipality in Canada – the fact that half of Halton drivers worry about getting into an accident when driving through an intersection shows we need to do more to increase intersection safety in the Region.

Residents are so concerned about intersection safety that it rates almost as high as concern about drinking and driving. A recent survey found that Halton Region drivers are very concerned about drinking and driving on roads (78%), followed closely by drivers running red lights (72%). With the “Safe Roads…Your Call” program in place which encourages motorists to help police apprehend impaired drivers by calling 9-1-1 when they see a suspected impaired driver, Halton Region is now tackling the important issue of red light running.

To help improve road safety we joined the provincial Red Light Camera Program. With two cameras already installed – one in the City of Burlington and one in the Town of Oakville – we’re currently planning where to put the next 10 cameras to discourage people from running red lights.

Red light cameras are about saving lives. With at least one accident every week in Halton Region attributed to someone running a red light, it’s important to remember that running red lights is not only dangerous, it’s also illegal.

Red light cameras are only a piece of the puzzle to reduce aggressive driving on our roads. You too can do something about aggressive driving – report it!

If you see a driver demonstrating unsafe driving behaviour, you can submit a Citizen Report Form through the Halton Community Road Watch program. The police then send an information letter to the registered vehicle owner explaining that their vehicle was observed being operated in an unsafe manner at a specific time and location and asking for voluntary compliance. For more information, visit www.haltonroadwatch.ca.

Working together, we can make our roads safer for everyone. For more information on red light cameras, dial 311 or visit http://www.halton.ca/stoponred.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.