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Traffic

Traffic-related rules, regulations and programs are designed to encourage safe travels on Milton roads.

Rural Road Speed Limit Reduced to 70 km/hr

The speed limit on rural roads is being reduced to 70 km/hr (unless otherwise posted) from the current
80 km/hr.

Timeline

The speed reduction is occurring in phases, according to the following zones (Download Map):

  • Zone 1 - Mid July to mid August 2016
  • Zone 2 - Mid August to mid September 2016
  • Zone 3 - Mid September to mid October 2016
  • Zone 4 - Mid October to mid November 2016

Related By-law and Staff Report

Speed Limits

Urban: 50 km/hr, unless otherwise posted.

Rural: The speed limit in the rural area is being phased to 70 km/hr (unless otherwise posted), starting in summer 2016.

In front of primary/junior schools: Speed limits reduced to 40 km/hr, to help protect our children by increasing motorist awareness of high child pedestrian volumes within a school zone.

Speed Studies 

The Town of Milton works cooperatively with the Halton Regional Police Service to promote safe driving practices. When a section of roadway is identified as a speeding concern, the Town will conduct a spot speed study. The data collected is processed into a speed profile and the results are forwarded to the Halton Regional Police Service for their information and enforcement. 

Requests for All-Way Stops 

All-way stops are used to control vehicle right-of-way at an intersection. They are not, as some might think, speed control devices. In fact, studies have shown that the installation of unwarranted all-way stops can lead to poor driver compliance, as drivers become accustomed to not meeting opposing traffic at these locations.

A number of factors are considered before installing all-way stops. First, staff must conduct a traffic study to count through-traffic and turning traffic on both the main and secondary streets to ensure that the intersection meets minimum vehicle counts. Spot speed studies may be conducted, along with a collision analysis of the intersection.

Traffic studies are typically completed on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Traffic counts are not completed during the summer months due to irregular traffic patterns. Within new subdivisions, traffic studies will not be completed until almost all of the construction has been completed and mature traffic patterns have been established.

Request for Review

If you want to have an intersection reviewed for an all-way stop, please send a written request to: Town of Milton, Engineering Services, 150 Mary Street, Milton, ON  L9T 6Z5. 

Community Safety Zones 

A Community Safety Zone is a section of roadway or an intersection where public safety is of special concern and certain traffic fines have been increased within the zone. The goal is to improve road safety on a roadway by encouraging drivers to obey traffic laws.

Traffic signs identifying an area as a Community Safety Zone are posted at the start and throughout the zone. The locations of the Town's Community Safety Zones are as follows:

  • Campbell Avenue between Guelph Line and a point 250 metres east of Wheelihan Way (Campbellville)
  • Main Street at Bishop Reding High School
  • Ontario Street between a point 200 metres north of Laurier Avenue and a point 50 metres north of Main Street
  • Woodward Avenue between Maple Avenue and Lorne Scott Drive
  • Wilson Avenue between a point 250 metres north of Woodward Avenue and a point 200 metres south of Mackenzie Drive

Pedestrian Crossovers

New to Milton, Pedestrian Crossovers are designated crossing areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross the road, where vehicles must yield to the pedestrian.  

Crossing Guards

Crossing Guards are placed in strategic locations to serve elementary schools in Milton. A Crossing Guard's job is to temporarily stop traffic to allow pedestrians to cross safely. Please appreciate their hard work and dedication by being respectful and following their instructions.

Halton Regional Police Programs

The Halton Regional Police Service also operate a number of programs which actively involve residents in educating and reporting traffic concerns: 

  • Hands Free Device Campaign - The Town, in conjuction with Police, have installed 25 new signs at high-traffic volume locations throughout Milton, reminding drivers of the dangers and penalties associated with cell phone use while driving a vehicle.
    • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to cause injury.
    • Even when drivers use a hands-free phone, they are less aware of the traffic around them.
    • A study found that in 80% of collisions, the driver had looked away from the road 3 seconds prior to the crash.
  • Drive SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Roads Partnership - Town and Police staff work hard to identify, verify and risk assess traffic concerns, be they citizen complaints or through police observation. Officers from Milton Police station are tasked to conduct robust enforcement at those locations which have been deemed moderate to high risk. These locations receive targeted enforcement for a period of one month in an effort to modify driver behaviour through enforcement and education.
  • Project Rural Impact - Officers address rural speeding concerns at specific locations within the rural community of Milton. This takes the form of bi annual enforcement blitzes led by the District Response Unit and supported by platoon officers.
  • Canada Road Safety Week - Milton officers target the 4 high risk driver behaviours (Impaired driving/Aggressive Driving/Distracted Driving/Seatbelt noncompliance) during Canada's Road Safety Week in May. This is a "All Hands on Deck" approach and leads to one of the most significant enforcement efforts within the province.  
  • Ride SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone)  Halton - A motor cycle safe riding awareness campaign to be complimented by motor cycle enforcement along rural routes in Milton. New warning signs have been designed and purchased by the Town to be installed along a popular high risk route.
  • Project ERASE (Eradicate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) - Street racing is a very dangerous activity. To combat this officers from Milton have developed partnerships with other police agencies within the GTA to target this driving behaviour. It will not be tolerated within our community.
  • All officers are TRAFFIC officers - Milton police understand that aggressive driving is a concern for Milton's residents and all officers are expected to play their part in helping to make the roads as safe as possible.  Residents can also submit Traffic Complaints and RoadWatch reports online.

For further information on any of these programs, or to report a speeding concern, please contact the Halton Regional Police at 905-825-4747.