Orleans Ward Coun. and Deputy Mayor, Bob Monette, is moving forward in a bold and proactive approach to educate the driving public of the need to slow down when approaching school zones.
Bob Monette displays one of the speed monitoring signs that he plans to have installed in 19 school zones in Orléans Ward. PHOTO SUPPLIED
Monette stated that after the successful pilot-project at Convent Glen Catholic School on Jeanne d’Arc Boulevard, it was time to move on to ensure that all of the schools in Ward 1 receive the same safety features which will include a permanent speed display board on the approach to every school. This feature will not only be for grade school students but will also include high school students.
Monette is proud to invest over $55,000 from his traffic calming budget in the application of permanent speed display boards at all 19 public and catholic board schools in his ward. He also expressed his hope that these measures will encourage drivers to slow down and pay attention to the speed at which they are driving.
“Our children are our future and we should do the utmost to ensure that they are safe while walking to and from school” says Monette.
Monette further indicated that he will also be ensuring that “School Ahead” markings are painted on every approach, in both directions, again, in each school zones.
The order for the speed display boards has been issued to city staff and Monette hopes to have them installed as soon as they are received.
Monette also stated that he will conduct a full consultation with all 19 school principals to have a dialogue on where the speed boards will be located as well as their preferred approach.
The Ward 1 councillor also wanted to state that these are not photo radars but educational tools to display the speed of vehicles to motorists as they approach the schools as well as encourage them to slow down for our children. He hopes to have them all installed permanently by March 2017 and have the pavement markings completed before the end of spring 2017 as this work is weather dependent.