Photo radar solves ev­ery­thing

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures

In a so-called ef­fort to “calm” ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic in Hamil­ton, many elec­tronic signs have been placed at strate­gic lo­ca­tions, show­ing the speed of a pass­ing ve­hi­cle. Other ac­tions taken for a sim­i­lar pur­pose are re­duc­tion of driv­ing lanes, and in­tro­duc­tion of pedes­trian cross­ing lights un­syn­chro­nized with traf­fic lights at nearby in­ter­sec­tions. Most of these ac­tions are a waste of money, and in­stead of calm­ing the driv­ers they end up ir­ri­tat­ing them.

When it comes to mean­ing­ful ac­tions to “calm” the traf­fic on the Linc, the Red Hill and the 403, the city ap­pears to be all talk and not much ac­tion. Mayor Fred Eisen­berger is re­ported to have said: “The city has taken steps to im­prove vis­i­bil­ity and en­force the speed limit, in­clud­ing adding re­flec­tive de­vices and big­ger signs” — a waste of money as all these are ig­nored by speed­ing driv­ers.

Death has a cer­tain fi­nal­ity that is some­how not rec­og­nized by many speed­ing driv­ers, or by many city coun­cil­lors, un­til it hits close to home. Stop talk­ing and stop wast­ing money on useless gim­mickry — get on with in­stalling photo radar on the high­ways men­tioned above. And thank you for your views, Coun. Sam Merulla. Jaggi Tan­dan, Hamil­ton

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