Working together to keep Halton’s roads safe

This week is Stop on Red Week in communities across North America, helping to remind drivers to contribute to a safer community by stopping at red lights.

While Halton Region is a safe community, every day, thousands of vehicles drive on Regional roads. When speaking with residents, they often mention the importance of road safety and it’s essential that we work together to keep the roads in our community safe.

Stop on Red

This year, Halton installed seven new red light cameras across the region, bringing our total to 12 active red light cameras. These cameras, which capture photo evidence of anyone entering an intersection after a light has turned red, help remind people of the dangers associated with driving carelessly and help deter the needless running of red lights.

When we surveyed drivers in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville, we found that half of Halton drivers worry about getting into an accident when driving through an intersection. More than 60 per cent of drivers also reported seeing a near-miss accident as a result of someone running a red light. Please help keep our roads and residents safe—be sure to stop at red lights.

To learn more about how red light cameras work and how they help improve the safety of our intersections, please visit halton.ca/stoponred.

Don’t drive while impaired

With plenty of warm days still ahead of us, Halton offers residents and visitors plenty of summer activities! Whether you are out enjoying the region’s many attractions or simply getting together with friends and family, please remember to drive responsibly and if you plan on drinking, don’t drive—use our online resources to plan for your ride.

The story of Oakville mom, Sharon McGregor, who lost her son to impaired driving, reminds us of the ultimate price of impaired driving. Sharon has joined forces with Halton Region and Halton Regional Police to share her story to help eliminate impaired driving on our roads. And remember, if you’re on our roads and think you see an impaired driver, please dial 911 to report it. Impaired driving is a crime in progress and one call could save a life!

Be a Halton Road Watcher

Our Police partners have an excellent program called Halton Road Watch. If you see dangerous or aggressive driving, you can report it by completing an online form at haltonroadwatch.ca. Police will review the report and may send a letter to the registered owner of the vehicle reminding them to drive safely. If you have a passenger, ask for their help in writing down the license plate number so you can file a report. See it. Report it. Keep our roads safe.

Through our Drive SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) program, we will continue to improve safety on our roads. Working together we can make sure Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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 on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter,”The Carr Report.”