SCUGOG: Although still in development, a proposal by the Scugog Road Watch committee could see a grassroots approach to traffic safety and road monitoring implemented in the community of Epsom.
The proposal was presented to council last week by Ward 1 Councillor Larry Corrigan, who also sits on the RoadWatch committee. Following the recent removal of the crossing guard position at the Marsh Hill Rd./Reach St. intersection in front of Epsom Public School, the councillor said that local residents again expressed safety concerns over students crossing a busy roadway, with a history of speeding motorists.
The Epsom intersection was one of several affected by a Scugog Council decision earlier this year which resulted in the shuffling of school crossing guards across the township, increasing their presence at some intersections while leaving others vacant.
Councillor Corrigan explained that the program could include such aspects as training local volunteers to report dangerous driving incidents on voice recorders, including the potential recruitment of high school students to electronically transmit that data to Durham police. That aspect of the proposal, said Councillor Corrigan, would allow for quicker and easier reporting of traffic incidents. Currently, reports to RoadWatch can be completed on-line or by filling out a form at various locations throughout the township.
"How do you use RoadWatch when you have to put something down in paper?" said the councillor. "You can get a voice recorder for under $50 – we’re trying to look at creative ways to solve the issue."
The proposal will next be discussed on Oct. 18 and 30 by members of the Road Watch committee.