UXBRIDGE: Concerns from Brookdale Rd. residents regarding speeding in the area brought forward at council’s meeting on Monday, Jan. 6 prompted a local councillor to call upon police for greater enforcement in North Durham.
"The issue here is that we need more police enforcement," said Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet. "When I go down to Country Style and there’s three cruisers there, surely one of them can get off their ass and patrol our subdivisions."
A letter from Arthur Beatty, on behalf of the residents of Brookdale Rd. outlined the host of concerns in the area due to speeding.
It was requested that the speed limit on Brookdale Rd. be dropped from 50 km/h to 40 km/h, as well as additional signage in the area.
"We are concerned about the overall traffic safety of the road because of its mixed recreational uses such as the Trans Canada Trail System, special events like the Terry Fox Run, and general biking, horseback riding, running and walking, along with the greatly increased vehicle usage of the road over the last 10 years," explained Mr. Beatty in his letter. "When this mixed use is combined with the road’s overall narrowness and restricted visibility, it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt."
However, Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor claimed that, like several other areas where similar changes have been requested, the blame for increased speeds along the road lies squarely with local residents.
This claim was rebuffed by Mr. Beatty, who claimed that the road is widely used as a shortcut into Uxbridge.
"Many people know about Brookdale Rd., and use it as a shortcut, I can assure you that it’s not local people," said Mr. Beatty.