The first of 12 affected wards in downtown Toronto and East York saw residential speed limits reduced from 40 km/h to 30 km/h this week.
The move is in response to a recommendation made by Councillor Josh Matlow after a seven-year-old girl was struck and killed in Leaside last summer. In June, councillors unanimously voted to reduce speed limits from 40 km/h to 30 km/h on 387 km of residential roads.
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Ward 22's speed limits were reduced on Monday
Councillor Matlow's ward 22 (St. Paul's) was the first to have posted speed limits reduced on Monday. This ward stretches from Eglinton to Bayview, cuts south down through the Don Valley and across the Canadian Pacific Railway, and continues over to Spadina Ave.
The rest of the wards will have signs replaced over the next year. The move will cost the city approximately $1.1 million, but experts argue the reduction could be the difference between life and death for anyone struck by a vehicle.
According to the World Health Organization, pedestrians have a 90 per cent chance of survival if hit by a vehicle travelling at 30 km/h or less. Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, found this number could be closer to 95 per cent, but the survival rate drops to 15 per cent if a pedestrian is hit by a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h.
Other wards affected by speed limit reductions
The following 11 wards are also affected:
- Ward 14 (Parkdale-High Park)
- Ward 18 (Davenport)
- Ward 19 (Trinity-Spadina)
- Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina)
- Ward 21 (St. Paul's)
- Ward 27 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale)
- Ward 28 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale)
- Ward 29 (Toronto-Danforth)
- Ward 30 (Toronto-Danforth)
- Ward 31 (Beaches-East York)
- Ward 32 (Beaches-East York)
Find out if you're affected by reviewing the city's ward profiles here.
Making the roads safer for all Ontarians
The changes to speed limits in residential neighbourhoods in Toronto come at a time when the province has also re-evaluated its stance on certain offences including distracted driving. Find out more about those changes and how they'll affect your auto insurance below.
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Tickets, fines and safety
Drivers should exercise caution and pay attention to when these speed limits come into affect in the respective wards. Just one speeding ticket can have a negative impact on your auto insurance rates.
But more importantly, by following the rules of the road and obeying speed limits we're helping make the roads—and our neighbourhoods—safer for all of us.