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Greater Sudbury

Speed Watch Program

What it is and how it works

Getting started

Speed monitoring

What happens next

 

What it is and how it works

Citizens are invited to participate in "Speed Watch", a program administered by the City of Greater Sudbury's Traffic and Transportation section in partnership with the Greater Sudbury Police Service. Speed Watch is an initiative to reduce speeding on area roads through public awareness and community action.

A portable radar unit is available for loan to citizens of the City of Greater Sudbury. Volunteers monitor traffic in their neighbourhood and submit results to the Traffic and Transportation section. If results are confirmed by City employees, the Greater Sudbury Police Service will schedule and conduct, within a reasonable time frame, a "zero tolerance" speed enforcement campaign in the area identified by Speed Watch volunteers. Licence numbers of vehicles observed exceeding municipal speed limits will also be submitted to Greater Sudbury Police.

Getting started

  • Anyone may request a Speed Watch information package and application form by contacting: Traffic and Transportation, City of Greater Sudbury, 1800 Frobisher Street, Sudbury, Ontario, P3A 5P3. Offices are located in the Administration Building at our Frobisher Street Depot in Sudbury, open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Citizens must complete the application form in full. The form must include the names, addresses and signatures of no less than 5 adults, 18 years of age and over, residing in 5 separate households in the area to be monitored by Speed Watch.

  • A minimum of two signatories must be willing to act as the lead contacts for the Speed Watch program. These volunteers will be responsible for sign-out, care and use of the Speed Watch equipment, communicating with City employees and Greater Sudbury Police, and coordinating volunteer efforts in their neighbourhood.

  • The application must indicate whether volunteers will allow access to their driveways and properties for the Speed Watch program and/or for enforcement purposes.

  • The application must clearly describe the traffic situation that will be monitored in the neighbourhood, where the situation occurs, and at what time of day the situation occurs.

  • The application must be returned to the Traffic and Transportation section of the City of Greater Sudbury.

  • Upon approval of the application, City employees will notify the lead contacts, schedule a start date for the Speed Watch program and if necessary, host a meeting with neighbourhood residents to discuss details of the program. City employees will train lead contacts to use the Speed Watch equipment.

Speed monitoring

  • The Radar Unit must be in use for one day for a minimum of one hours during the study as a condition of the Speed Watch program.

  • It is recommended that volunteers work in teams of two. One person should view traffic speeds displayed on the Radar Unit. The second person should record the speed of all vehicles and the licence numbers of vehicles exceeding the maximum speed limit on the Speed Data Sheet provided by the City.

  •  Volunteers must not, under any circumstance, confront drivers or vehicles.

  • The Speed Data Sheet must be returned with Speed Watch equipment to the City of Greater Sudbury's Traffic and Transportation section by the date shown on the Equipment Sign-out Agreement.

What happens next

  • City employees will review each Speed Data Sheet. In locations where excessive traffic speed is a concern, the City may conduct a follow-up traffic engineering study.

  • If it is confirmed that a speeding problem exists, the City will forward all collected information to the Greater Sudbury Police Service.

  • The Greater Sudbury Police Service may issue cautionary letters to motorists identified by Speed Watch volunteers as exceeding the maximum speed limit. The letters will be generated by processing licence plate numbers recorded by volunteers.

  • The Greater Sudbury Police Service will schedule and conduct, within a reasonable time frame, a "zero tolerance" speed enforcement campaign in the area identified by Speed Watch volunteers.

  • City of Greater Sudbury employees and the Greater Sudbury Police Service will review the results, and will notify volunteers as to the success of the Speed Watch program.