Speed limit reduced in 77 Mississauga neighbourhoods and 130 school zones, so far

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Published November 29, 2021 at 2:03 pm

Mississauga officials continue efforts to lower speed limits across the city. (Photo: Liam Richards)

Speed limits have been lowered in some 77 Mississauga neighbourhoods—and counting—and 130 school zones as City officials try to reduce the number of serious and fatal car crashes.  

Through its Neighbourhood Area Speed Limit Project, which was launched in 2019 with the lowering of speed limits in the first 11 neighbourhoods from 50 km/h to 40 km/h, the City of Mississauga wants to slow drivers down permanently. 

“Work will continue in 2022 to lower speed limits in even more neighbourhoods across the city,” the City says. 

In committing to the speed-lowering initiative, Mississauga officials point to the Ontario Traffic Council, which notes that speed is a contributing factor in about one-third of fatal collisions, 

“Lower speeds are proven to reduce the severity of injuries,” City officials say, also noting statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO). 

According to the WHO, survival rates dramatically increase with lower speeds. There’s a nine in 10 survival rate if hit by a vehicle travelling at 30 km/h while that rate falls significantly to just 1.5 in 10 if struck by a car going 50 km/h. 

The project also seeks to lower speed limits in all school zones from 40 km/h to 30 km/h and designate additional community safety zones, where public safety is of special concern or where public safety concerns are evident. 

So far this year, more than 110 new community safety zones have been created. Both enforcement and fines are increased in those areas.  

Officials remind drivers to take note of speed limit signs across the city and be aware that new speed limits take effect as soon as the new signs are posted.  

Those interested in seeing which neighbourhoods have had speed limits lowered to date can check out an interactive map on the City’s website. 

Other speed reduction measures completed by the City this year include: 

  • 13 approved traffic calming projects
  • 200 passive traffic calming measures
  • 600-plus speed studies conducted
  • 22 Automated Speed Enforcement cameras
  • 50 “Slow Streets” implemented
  • 3,000 “Slow Down” lawn signs delivered to residents
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