Taylor looks to curb Peace Island speeders

The District of Taylor is investigating ways to slow down traffic in Peace Island Park.

Councillors are responding to a recent complaint from a camper about lead-footed motorists and concerns for child safety after they visited the park last weekend. In particular, council wants to slow down traffic along Boat Launch Road that cuts through the park.

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The Ministry of Transportation has responsibility for the road, councillors noted Monday, but they want to know from the ministry how speed zones can be lowered and enforced, and ultimately whether Taylor can take control of managing the road.

While there have been makeshift speed bumps placed on the road in the past, those have been removed. And the district can't arbitrarily place speed bumps on a road it doesn't own, Ponto said.

"We want to investigate the possibility of what we are allowed to do, and move forward with any options that we can to hopefully slow down the people, because they're ripping through there going down to the boat launch," Coun. Betty Ponto said.

Concerns over speeding in the park have been raised in the past and some actions have been implemented to manage them in the past, either through police patrols or by park caretakers. But council wants a more permanent solution that's a long-term priority, acting mayor Coun. Michelle Turnbull said.

"Something that becomes well aware to the public that any kind of speeding or undue attention is just not going to be tolerated," Turnbull said.

Public education is key, Turnbull added, both for motorists, and for campers who walk along the road.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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