Working together to keep our roads safe this summer

With plenty of warm days ahead of us, summer activities across the region are still in full swing. Whether you’re out enjoying the region’s attractions and festivals or simply getting together with friends and family, please remember to drive safely so everyone can continue to enjoy a great summer.

Move to the right for sirens and lights

Every year, Halton paramedics respond to more than 50,000 calls and transport more than 30,000 people. When they deal with potentially life-threatening situations, you can help paramedics by moving to the right for sirens and lights. By clearing the way, you help paramedics reach or transport their patients as quickly as possible.

Stop on red

RedLightCameraHalton has 12 red light cameras at intersections across the region and will add another five cameras by the end of the summer. These cameras, which take a picture of vehicles entering an intersection after a light has turned red, help remind people how important it is to keep your eyes on the road and drive with care. To learn more about how red light cameras work and how they help improve the safety of our intersections, please visit halton.ca/stoponred.

Drive sober

SafeRoads_SignPlease remember to drive responsibly and if you plan on drinking, don’t drive. If you’re on our roads and think you see an impaired driver, call 911 to report it. Impaired driving is a crime in progress and one call could save a life!

Share the road

ShareTheRoad_SignThanks to our many beautiful parks and trails, world-class velodrome, and strong community interest in recreational and competitive cycling, Halton has become the home of cycling. This summer, I’d like to remind everyone to share the road while traveling throughout Halton. Both cyclists and drivers have a responsibility to obey the rules and share the road with each other.

Thank you for helping us keep Halton’s roads safe and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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”.

Proud to call Halton home – Safest Region in Canada

For the eighth straight year, I am proud to say that Halton Region continues to be the safest region in Canada, according to Statistics Canada’s recently released annual report.

The results are determined based on Statistics Canada’s 2016 Crime Severity Index (CSI) that track six personal and property crimes including homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault, auto theft, robbery and breaking and entering.

Thanks to our dedication to community safety and our strong relationships with our police partners, Halton Region had the lowest overall crime rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate among Ontario’s ‘Big 12’ police services. We also maintained the lowest values for each of the indicators for eight straight reporting years.

DSC_1797Even though Halton is ranked as one of the safest regional municipalities in Canada, we’re always working with our community partners on key issues to ensure we’re doing all we can to keep Halton safe. Our recent partnership with the Halton Regional Police Service on developing a Community Safety and Well-Being Plan for Halton is an excellent example of this ongoing work.

Draft-Community-Safety-and-Well-Being-Plan-1Community safety and well-being planning is about proactively responding to issues in our community like mental health, neighbourhood safety, housing and homelessness and social isolation so that those in need of help can receive the right response at the right time (before there is a crisis).

If you’re interested in keeping our community safe, I encourage you to visit our web page to sign up for email updates about the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and other community safety and well-being issues and initiatives. We also want to hear from you, so please tell us your thoughts by completing our survey.

red_light_road_signOther programs we’re implementing to encourage safety across our community include red light cameras, Project Lifesaver Halton and Drive SAFE programs including reminding people of the dangers of distracted driving and impaired driving.

Halton’s reputation as a safe community is one of the reasons so many people and businesses choose to call Halton home. This achievement is the result of our residents, businesses and local municipalities, working together with the great police officers and staff of the Halton Regional Police Service, to ensure Halton Region remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

To learn more about community safety, visit halton.ca/safetyandwell-being, haltonpolice.ca and halton.ca/drivesafe.

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”.

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.”

Keeping our roads safe by stopping red light running

As the safest place to live in the GTA and the safest municipality in Canada for five straight years, Halton Region is committed to being safe and ensuring our programs are responsive to the changing needs of our citizens.

One of these needs is intersection safety. 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.

Recently five new red light cameras were activated across the Region and in one week, our seven red light cameras across Halton captured 91 drivers running a red light – not an amber light, but entering the intersection after the light had already turned red.red_light_road_sign

But we know the Red Light Camera program is making our roads safer. After the Region’s first two red light cameras were activated last year, right-angle collisions at both locations were reduced by around 80% compared to the previous year.

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 our roads (78%), followed closely by drivers running red lights (72%).

Working with the Halton Regional Police Service, we have 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 must now work together to reduce red light running. With at least one accident every week attributed to someone running a red light, red light cameras are about saving lives.

Red light cameras are a piece of the puzzle to reduce aggressive driving on our roads. We can all do something to help stop aggressive driving and improve our community safety – if you see it, report it!stop_sign_md

If you see a driver demonstrating unsafe driving behaviour, you can submit a Citizen Report Form through the 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 place and asking for voluntary compliance. For more information, visit www.haltonroadwatch.ca.

Living in a safe and healthy community is important to us all. Working together, we can make our roads safer for everyone. For more information on red light cameras, visit www.halton.ca/stoponred  or dial 311.

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.”

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.”

Region offers tools to help residents Drive SAFE

Every day, thousands of vehicles drive on Regional roads. While Halton Region was once again rated as the Safest Canadian Municipality in Canada, I know that transportation and road safety issues are always on Halton residents’ minds and it’s important that we do all we can to keep our roads safe.

Stop on Red   
   
This year Halton will be installing five new red light cameras across the Region. These cameras, that capture photo evidence of anyone entering an intersection after the light has turned red, help remind people of the dangers associated with driving carelessly and running red lights.

Last year, we surveyed drivers in Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville and found that half of Halton drivers worry about getting into an accident when driving through an intersection and more than 60% reported seeing a near-miss accident as a result of someone running a red light. The same survey found that 72% of Halton Region drivers are very concerned about drivers running red lights.

Learn more about how red light cameras work and how they’ll help improve the safety of our intersections.

The Lasting Effects of Impaired Driving

This Christmas, Halton Region and Halton Regional Police partnered with Sharon McGregor, a courageous Oakville mom whose beloved son was killed because of impaired driving. You may have seen her touching public service announcement playing in movie theatres and on our Impaired Driving webpages. As the weather starts to warm up, please remember to drive responsibly and if you plan on drinking, use our online resources to plan for your ride.

If you’re on our roads and think you see an impaired driver, please dial 911 and report it. Impaired driving is a crime in progress and one call could save a life!

Take the Pledge and Just Drive!

This year, Halton Region and Halton Regional Police are teaming up to help put a stop to distracted driving. This spring we’ll be encouraging residents to take the pledge against distracted driving and commit to not texting, talking on the phone or eating while driving. This is such an important issue in our community, that it will be a year long campaign. 

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

Through our Drive SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) program, we’ll 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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter,”The Carr Report.”

Safe Communities (video)

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