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Student Speed Watch Program

The Student Speed Watch Program is intended to provide immediate awareness to both the motorist and the student regarding vehicle operating speeds. The program is recommended to supplement the existing secondary school driver education classes. The program will incorporate the operation of a portable message board and radar speed gun which when installed on the roadside with the assistance of City Traffic Operations staff, will electronically display the speed of an approaching vehicle in comparison to the posted speed limit.

The program is based on the principle that many motorists are unaware that they are travelling at an excessive rate of speed, particularly on residential streets and in school zones. The operating speed electronically displayed will be a strong visual reminder to the motorist to comply with the posted speed limit. Students manning the unit will be encouraged to record the license plate number and vehicle description of excessive speeders which will be forwarded to Peel Regional Police for follow up through the Road Watch citizen report program. Conversely, students will be encouraged to display a Thank you for not speeding message to the motorist travelling within the posted speed limit. The use of the radar message board unit by students will send a strong message to other residents of the community that their cooperation is necessary to ensure public safety and satisfy the following objectives:

  • heighten awareness among students, residents and the motoring public about the seriousness and frequency that speeding occurs on our roads
  • reduce speeding in general and attain a higher degree of visibility in schools regarding other Safe Driving Committee programs and initiatives
  • influence student driving behaviour in a positive way
  • provide an opportunity to students required to complete community volunteer hours before secondary school graduation

Results of the program will be shared with participating schools through assemblies, school newsletters, local newspapers and cable television.

The Student Speed Watch program is a community-based educational initiative that provides immediate awareness to both the motorist and student of vehicle operating speeds. The program consists of a portable message board and radar speed gun which when installed on the side of a road, electronically displays the speed of an approaching vehicle compared to the posted speed limit. The unit is designed to alert the motorist to their vehicle operating speed.

The program is based on the principle that many motorists are somewhat unaware that they are traveling at an excessive rate of speed, particularly on a residential street, since most motorists generally drive at a speed deemed comfortable depending on road geometry and roadside development. The operating speed electronically displayed is a strong visual reminder to the motorist to comply with the posted speed limit.

The radar message board unit is used by student groups, with assistance from City staff, on a local street to provide an awareness to road users. The students are encouraged to record the license plate number and vehicle description of excessive speeders which will be forwarded to the police for follow up. The unit also functions as an educational tool for the student.  Many motorists are perceived to be traveling at an excessive speed when in fact their operating speed is within acceptable limits. Speed perception is impacted by various factors such as size, colour and sound of an approaching vehicle.

On the basis of speed studies completed by Transportation and Works staff and the police, it was found that a high percentage of "speeders" on local street are neighbourhood residents. The use of the radar message board unit by students sends a strong message to other residents of the community that their cooperation is necessary to ensure public safety.




Related Links:
   Student Speed Watch Application Form (PDF)


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