Peel's New Electronic Traffic Calming Signs Remind Drivers to Slow Down
BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 1, 2011) – The Region of Peel has acquired six Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs (VATCS) for a pilot project to enhance road safety. The signs will be temporarily installed at various locations along Regional Roads and rotated to different locations over time.
VATCS are electronic LED road side signs. The sign remains blank until an approaching vehicle exceeds the speed threshold to trigger the sensor. The sign then illuminates for three to four seconds with the speed limit and message to “SLOW DOWN”, further enhanced by flashing horizontal beacons.
The first two signs have been installed since September at the following locations:
- In Mississauga, Britannia Road West between Creditview Road and River Grove Avenue/Tillsdown Drive for the westbound traffic.
- In Caledon, Charleston Sideroad between Heart Lake Road and Kennedy Road for the westbound traffic.
Both signs were installed as traffic calming devices; the signs are intended to remind motorists of speed reduction ahead.
“The Region is committed to community safety and the traffic calming signs are a persuasion tool that grabs the attention of speeding drivers with a reminder to slow down,” said Damian Albanese, Transportation Director. “We are currently evaluating other suitable locations for the remaining signs.”
Facts about the Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs:
- The electronic signs can document speed information for survey purposes
- Signs can be programmed to activate at various trigger speeds
- The signs display the speed limit, not the driver’s speed
- Can be electrically or solar powered
- Signs can be moved to other locations
- The signs do not capture license plates or images (not photo radar)
Photo of sign available upon request.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, visit www.peelregion.ca or visit Public Works on twitter: twitter.com/peelpublicworks