Community Safety Zones help to change driver behaviour, including reducing speed and distracted driving, and improving safety on certain sections of road where public safety is of special concern.
Niagara Region implemented two Community Safety Zones in the fall of 2019 and the locations included:
Regional staff reported back to Council at the end of 2019 on recommendations on possible additional locations for Community Safety Zones on Regional Roads.
As of March 19, 2020, ten new Community Safety Zones were approved by Regional Council, and will go live at the start of the school year on Sept. 8, 2020. The locations include:
Community Safety Zones let motorists know they are within a zone where fines have been increased through a special designation under the Highway Traffic Act. Many set fines are doubled, such as speeding and traffic signal related offences.
Community Safety Zones signs are posted at the limits of the zone with "Begins" and "Ends" tabs 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.
Signs will be posted the first week of school with enforcement beginning mid-September.
Site selection includes locations which have safety concerns or complaints near sensitive areas such as schools, retirement homes and daycares. When choosing a site, we look at the:
In June 1998, the Province of Ontario passed Bill 26 to promote public safety through the creation of Community Safety Zones. The bill, and its regulatory changes, are targeted at improving road safety in Ontario.
Under section 214.1 of the Highway Traffic Act, "The Council of a municipality may by by-law designate a part of a highway under its jurisdiction as a Community Safety Zone if, in the Council's opinion, public safety is of special concern on that part of a highway."
If you have any questions about the Community Safety Zones, email Transportation Services or call 905-984-3620.