Slow down, or you’re getting a ticket.
Signs are up on Regional Road 55 in Virgil warning drivers that Niagara region’s speed cameras are officially active.
Niagara-on-the-Lake Coun. Erwin Wiens brought up the new signage at a meeting Tuesday night.
He asked Bruce Zvaniga, the interim chief administrator, if the town could get a few more signs up to keep drivers apprised of the speed cameras.
“Getting a ticket in the mail two weeks later doesn’t stop the speeding at the time,” he said.
“I would like to see better signage on 55 alerting drivers that photo radar is in effect,” Wiens added.
Coun. Gary Burroughs asked if the new speed camera patrols traffic running in both directions, but Zvaniga said he would have to follow up with the region to get his questions answered.
Lord Mayor Gary Zalepa, who’s been “intimately involved” with the region’s road safety program, said one of the most common issues residents express concern to him about is traffic and road safety.
The speed cameras are going to be active around the clock, he said.
“During school time, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., the zone is 40,” he said, and outside those times, the limit will be 50 kilometres per hour.
All the money generated from parking tickets will be reinvested in the region’s road safety efforts, he added.
The speed camera is set up on Niagara Stone Road near Crossroads Public School and will be active for about 90 days, according to the region’s website.
The stretch of regional road is part of a community safety zone where speeding fines are double the normal rate.