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Nearly 9 in 10 Canadians are concerned about speeding in residential areas

Don’t speed past this latest survey: a new study by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), has found that nearly 9 in 10 Canadians are worried about speeding drivers in residential areas.  

“Canadians are right to be alarmed about speeding,” says Ian Jack, vice-president, public affairs at CAA National. “Speed-related collisions are preventable. That is why CAA is asking Canadians to slow down in 2024 and keep everyone safe.” 

CAA’s findings shed light on the frequency and severity of speeding in residential areas in Ontario. The survey also revealed that 57 per cent of Ontarians have witnessed a driver going at least 20km/h over the posted speed limit in their neighbourhood. Additionally, 25 per cent reported witnessing this type of reckless behaviour weekly. 

Speeding not only poses a threat to the safety of residents but also impacts the overall quality of life in these areas. The constant noise and disruption caused by speeding vehicles can create a stressful and unpleasant living environment for families. 

The survey further revealed that 60 per cent of Ontarians have changed their daily routines to avoid certain roads and driving at certain times of the day due to speeding concerns. These changes affect the routines drivers, but also have a broader impact on local businesses and public services within these areas of concern. 

In response to these findings, CAA calls for stricter enforcement of speed limits and more traffic calming measures in residential areas. CAA also urges drivers to be more considerate and mindful of their surroundings, especially in neighbourhoods with children and pedestrians. 

Some residents are taking matters into their own hands, organizing community initiatives such as speed watch groups and requesting the installation of speed bumps or traffic cameras in their neighbourhoods. However, it is up to drivers to prioritize the safety of others on the road, especially during the winter months or in bad conditions. 

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“Don’t forget speed limits are posted for ideal weather,” Jack says. “While most of the country is in the thick of winter, we should all really try to respect the speed limit or slow down to ensure the safety of all.” 

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