Resident presents petition to council requesting Front Road South speed stays the same

 

 

By Ron Giofu

A local resident appeared before town council Dec. 14 asking that the speed limit on Front Road South stay at 70 km/hr.

Jim McGuire started his petition after learning of another one being presented to the town’s traffic committee recently. McGuire said the latter was to have the speed limit along the Detroit River stretch of roadway to the Amherst Pointe area dropped to 50 km/hr.

There are dueling petitions on what the speed limit along Front Road South should be. Town council recently received a petition calling for the speed limit to remain at 70 km/hr.

There are dueling petitions on what the speed limit along Front Road South should be. Town council recently received a petition calling for the speed limit to remain at 70 km/hr.

McGuire’s petition had 221 signatures.

“I think the majority of people in the area are opposed to it,” said McGuire, adding a 50 km/hr speed limit in that area is “not doable.”

McGuire believed the 70 km/hr speed limit was reasonable.

“If these people want to live with a speed limit of 50 km/hr, then they should move into a subdivision,” said McGuire.

Councillor Jason Lavigne, the council representative on the town’s traffic committee, said the previous petition to lower the speed limit was presented to them but the committee referred it to the County of Essex.

“It’s not a town road, it’s a county road,” said Lavigne.

McGuire recently appeared before Essex County council on the issue of speed limits and reiterated his position to town council that speeds are too slow in the county.

“They are made to move traffic,” he said. “Choking down speed limits is not the answer. It’s 2015. It’s not the 1950’s anymore. It’s time to get with the times.”

Councillor Diane Pouget recalled a similar attempt in the late 1990’s to lower the speed limit on Front Road North. She said a petition with 28 names went to the county and the speed limit was lowered, resulting in anger locally and a petition with over 1,300 names asking the 70 km/hr speed limit be reinstated.

“I really hope we don’t go that route,” she said.

Councillor Rick Fryer noted he regularly drives his daughter to hockey practice in Chatham and speed limits outside of Essex County are higher than those here, with many having 90 km/hr limits.

“We are slowing everyone down,” said Fryer. “It’s getting a little bit cumbersome. It’s becoming a speed trap for people who are paying their taxes already.”

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