Speeding a concern in Grafton school zone
This sign records speeds through the school zone in Grafton. PETE FISHER/Northumberland Today
A computer print-out reveals that speeding through the Grafton Public School zone occurs hundreds of times a day, with highs of 160 kilometres per hour during a two-month period.Because of this, Alnwick/Haldimand Township is considering buying and installing a second speed recording/flashing sign in the township and will consult with its policing committee after analyzing data from its Grafton Public School installation at Thursday's council session.
An overview of those numbers reveals that four times between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, a vehicle sped past the school in the 40 km/h zone at 160 km/h. This happened on Sept. 5, 6, (Labour day, which was a Monday, and Tuesday, the first day of school) as well as Sept. 12 (a Monday) and Oct. 3, also a Monday.
The report shows that speed violations were registered, on average, between 350 and 450 times every day, out of a vehicle count that ranges from a low of about 350 to a high of 716 daily during that two-month period.
The existing speed monitoring/flashing equipment is mounted to a pole permanently cemented into the ground.