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.

Together with residents, Halton Region and the Halton Regional Police Service work hard to earn the distinction of being named the safest place to live in the GTA and the Safest Municipality in Canada. We continue to implement and enhance many road safety initiatives to make our roads even safer. To continue our commitment to road safety in the Region, by the end of the summer, all four of Halton’s Local Municipalities will have at least one red light camera.

Intersection safety is critical for us to address, since residents are almost as concerned about it as they are about drinking and driving.  Surveyed Halton Region drivers were 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, we’re now continuing to tackle the important issue of red light running.

To help improve safety on our roads, Halton joined the provincial Red Light Camera Program last year. With two cameras already installed – one in the City of Burlington and one in the Town of Oakville – we’re expanding the program this summer with five new locations across Halton (including one in the Town of Halton Hills and one in the Town of Milton) 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 a piece of the puzzle to reduce aggressive driving on our roads. We can all 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.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”