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Unwarranted signage creates hazards where none existed

Paul John Phillips, Dundas

On Dec. 20, 2013, I witnessed the aftermath of a four car pile-up at the corner of Governor’s Road and Main Street in Dundas. To my recollection, there has never been a four-car accident at this location prior to new signage being installed. 

People either do not understand the signs that have been posted or they are wilfully disregarding them because they lack common sense and good judgement. According to scientific observations, the rate of compliance for unwarranted signage is about 10 percent.  By my limited observation at this intersection and at Veterans Parkway and Olympic Drive, it can’t be more than 50 percent compliance.

There is an excellent publication the city traffic department uses called the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Canada. It has been prepared by an international group of traffic engineers after extensive study and research and lists criteria for the safe installation of traffic signs and devices. 

If it doesn’t meet the warrants it is not a safe installation. Unfortunately, many of the recent installations in Dundas do not meet warrants, and as a result, create hazards where none previously existed.


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