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April 15, 2008
“Watch Your Speed” program expanded on city streets
  
The City of Toronto is expanding the “Watch Your Speed” program to operate on a year-round basis. The program uses large signs to show motorists the speed their vehicles are travelling.

New self-contained speed boards have been constructed that allow the unit to stand alone to mark vehicle speeds. In previous years, trailers that mounted and moved the speed boards could not be used during the winter months due to snow storage requirements on boulevards.

Four signs are rotated throughout the city. Locations are selected after suggestions from local Councillors, public requests, City Transportation Services staff and the Toronto Police Services. The equipment is for information purposes only and does not issue speeding tickets.

“This program shows people just how fast they are actually driving,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, who noted that police are supportive of this initiative. “A lot of residents who get tickets say ‘I did not realize I was speeding.’ Having these signs out there will show people that they are actually speeding at 60 km/h in a 40 km/h zone right in front of a school and hopefully, they’ll slow down and drive safer once they realize just how fast they are moving.”

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca


 

 

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