Speeding along Hwy. 60, particularly heading eastbound on the way to Dwight, has been an ongoing issue and Lake of Bays councillors and OPP representatives are hoping to slow things down with a change to the posted speed limit.
Lake of Bays Mayor Terry Glover said the issue had been brought to the attention of the municipality by shopkeepers in the village of Dwight.
He said the business owners expressed concern for the safety of everyone who uses the road and also noted that slowing down traffic will give motorists an opportunity to see what Dwight has to offer.
Glover said the issue was discussed with Huntsville/Lake of Bays OPP detachment commander John-Paul Graham who suggested a transition. He said a recommendation was made to post a decrease in speed from 80km/h to 70km/h before reaching the 60km/h speed limit once motorists enter Dwight’s core.
The transition will better prepare motorists to decrease their speed from 80 to 60 km/h, said Glover at the September 14 meeting of council.
“I think it’s a great first step and hopefully this resolves the situation,” said Glover. “I’ve got numerous reports of people flying through the village of Dwight … We want to protect our public, our tourists – slow down, enjoy the village of Dwight, have a look around.”
Lake of Bays Councillor Nancy Tapley noted that it has been an ongoing issue and she concurred with the action proposed, calling the idea “an excellent first step.”
Councillor Rick Brooks noted that the speed limit is already posted at 70km/h when going westbound from the Township office to Dwight’s core and wondered whether that had had an impact on speeders.
Glover said he wasn’t sure. He said speeding is an issue in many areas of the municipality but said he’s not sure whether it impacts some parts of Hwy. 60 more than others. “As I understand it, the OPP have told me this gives them better tools to start to implement corrections and education…,” he said and noted other options could be considered in future.
In the end, council passed a resolution asking the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to decrease the speeds from 80 to 70 km/h starting in the vicinity of the Dwight Village Motel in order to give motorists an opportunity to bring their speed down to 60 km/h before they enter the village core.
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