DURHAM: To support Durham Vision Zero, the Region of Durham has launched a speed radar feedback sign (RFB) program, on Regional roads, to improve driver awareness of speed limits and reduce aggressive driving.
The signs will be installed in locations rotating throughout the Region such as hamlets, school zones, community safety zones and other locations where the signs have been pre-determined to have the greatest benefit based on several factors, including speeding patterns, collision history and traffic volumes.
“The goal is for these new radar signs to help make people more aware of the speed limits in their community,” says Steve Kemp, Manager of Traffic Engineering and Operations. “Observing speed limits and taking the time to slow down can go a long way to making the Region a safer place to travel.”
An RFB is an LED sign that displays a vehicle’s speed when approaching the sign. The RFB sign will be mounted above an existing posted speed limit sign. The sign is solar-powered, allowing it to be easily deployed in any location. Research carried out by the Region and other external agencies have shown that RFB signs are effective for about six to eight weeks at a time, when combined with police enforcement.
The Region will use five temporary RFB signs rotationally for two to three months at a time, with additional signs planned for the future.
“Do your part to slow down,” concludes Mr. Kemp. “The life you save might just be your own.”
About Durham Vision Zero
Durham Vision Zero is a long-term, multi-agency strategy to create safer roads for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists. Learn more at durham.ca/VisionZero.