Speeding, and the tragedies that can result from the decision to speed, continues to be a serious issue in Mississauga. In 2021 so far, four people have sadly lost their lives in speed-related collisions in Mississauga.
“Collisions are preventable and any loss of life on our roadways is unacceptable,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “In Mississauga, we’re continuing to take action to effectively implement Vision Zero principles to keep all road users safe and reduce injuries and collisions on roadways. This year, we’ve lowered speed limits in neighbourhoods and school zones, and installed Automated Speed Enforcement cameras in specific areas in Mississauga.”
The City continues to work with its partners Peel Regional Police and the Region of Peel to advocate for drivers to slow down. To further these efforts, the City’s Road Safety Committee is rolling out an awareness campaign to address speeding consequences that will run throughout November. The campaign encourages drivers to slow down, follow posted speed limits and obey the rules of the road.
“If you’re driving any amount over the posted speed limit or too fast for certain road conditions, such as bad weather or road construction, you’re speeding,” said Pat Saito, Ward 9 Councillor and Chair of the Road Safety Committee. “The Road Safety Committee wants to remind drivers that speeding has consequences. Collisions result in injuries or fatalities, whether it’s another driver, passenger, pedestrian or cyclist. You may think speeding is fun and harmless, but it’s not. There are many families who have lost a loved one and many victims who continue to deal with life-altering injuries.”
This year alone, Peel Regional Police has issued more than 7,450 speeding tickets and more than 285 stunt driving charges in Mississauga.
“Speed is consistently identified as a contributing factor to motor vehicle collisions. When driving, slow down, obey speed limits, and give yourself and others a chance. Our shared goal: Zero injuries and zero fatalities on our roadways. Slow down and drive safe, Mississauga.” – A/Inspector Allan Villers, Road Safety Services, Peel Regional Police
To deter drivers from speeding, the City has implemented a variety of measures, initiatives and programs to help reduce speed on roadways and keep roads safe for all road users.
“We have multiple programs and initiatives to slow drivers down. This year, we’ve deployed more than 50 Slow Streets and speed radar devices on 128 roads to make you aware of your speed, and designated 93 new Community Safety Zones where the speed limit has been reduced and the fines for speeding have been doubled,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner, Transportation and Works. “We’re also continuing to implement Automated Speed Enforcement cameras and traffic calming features at locations that are experiencing issues with speeding.”
To learn more about road safety in Mississauga, visit mississauga.ca/roadsafety.
Vision Zero is an approach to safety that seeks to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on roadways because no loss of life is acceptable. The Vision Zero approach focuses on everyone’s responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and follow the rules of the road.
The City of Mississauga is committed to Vision Zero and is working to prevent fatalities and serious injuries due to collisions on our roadways. Learn more: mississauga.ca/projects-and-strategies/city-projects/vision-zero/.