Mobile radar may combat speeders

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Blake Ellis/Local Journalism Initiative

Enniskillen Township will buy a trailer for its speed radar sign.

The move will allow the municipality more flexibility in decided where to place its speed radar sign and might be another tool the township can use to combat speeders on Oil Springs Line.

This came after Councillor Mary Lynne McCallum suggested Enniskillen purchase one more speed radar sign at its March 4 meeting. Road Superintendent Mike Cumming suggested a trailer also be purchased as it would increase the mobility of the speed radar signs and avoid the need to install sign posts to hold the sign in place.

In the end, council just voted to purchase a trailer, which can be used for its existing radar speed sign.
Council had previously received a petition signed by 17 residents of Oil Springs Line asking Council to reduce the speed limit from 80 kilometres to 60 kilometres an hour on the road from Oil Springs to the Marthaville Road. The residents were especially concerned about the children who get on and off the bus as this section of Oil Springs Line is hilly.

Since the issue was first raised by Oil Springs Line resident Corey McKinnon in February, the route of the school bus has changed and there has been increased police enforcement in the area.

Enniskillen Administrator Clerk Duncan McTavish suggested placing the speed radar sign on Oil Springs Line could be another way to deter speeders. The OPP monitored Oil Spring Line between March 1 and 3.

About 250 vehicles travelled the road over three days – an average of 4.3 vehicles per hour. Three speeding tickets and a warning were given out.

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