Mulmur Residents Extremely Concerned About Speeding Vehicles & Noise Bring Their Safety Requests To OPP Hoping For Solutions

Mulmur Residents Have To Call The 1-888-310-1122 OPP Number And Use Option #1 To Get Help With Ongoing Speed & Driving Safety Concerns

(LtoR) Debra Jones, Cheryl Russel, Horst Wendland, Pierre Robinet, Ami Alexander, Ken Hall, and Don MacFarlane were just a few of the Mulmur and area residents who attended an unofficial  meeting at the OPP Office on Friday, October 27, 2017 where they met with new OPP Staff Sergeant, Detachment Commander, Nicol Randall, Mulmur Councillor’s Keith Lowry, Greg Lloyd and Director of Public Works/Bylaw Officer, John Willmetts.

Worried, stressed, seriously believing their concerns are an accident waiting to happen, Mulmur residents now face a critical situation where being a “destination place” is becoming an unsafe place to live. Many people move to Dufferin County for the scenic and peaceful vistas, a place to raise their families touched by the splendour of country life and the quiet that comes with owning land surrounded by simple two laned country roads. These attractions are precisely what attracts motorcyclists, and weekend drivers from the GTA and surrounding area. Unfortunately for residents who live, take walks, would really enjoy a Sunday or any day without having to listen to souped up motorcycles and speeding drivers. Residents report speeding drivers who pass them driving far above the speed limit, have witnessed motorcyclist crashes that went unreported, pay little attention to those walking and that complaint is very serious as the sides of many country roads do not have a very wide shoulder, not enough room to save the lives of a family on a simple walk. Aside from the residents’ quality of life being dramatically irritating due to noise caused by the number of motorcyclists, residents, some motorcyclist enthusiasts themselves, want answers that will positively impact their grave concerns and are reaching out to Ontario Provincial Police for help.

What may seem like a simple enough situation to remedy as residents offered life saving suggestions such as  increased signage of many different varieties including electronic speed awareness indicators, more patrolling, day lighting corners (which is cutting trees on cornered intersections), placing four way stops at busy intersections,  Speed Data summaries captured during specific times of day brought forth by Council following up on earlier complaints was enlightening. Not news to residents of 20th Side Road/4th Line,where 12.5% of traffic is speeding, River Road East Of Centre Rd where 50%of traffic is speeding, Prince of Wales N. or 10th Side Road where 33.9% of traffic is speeding, 10th Side Road and East Of Horseshoe Hill where 91.4% of traffic is speeding. What is a surprise is the solution. Nicol Randall, OPP, Staff Sergeant informed residents with what must be done procedurally if residents want things to change adding that while certain speeding traffic blitzes,and signage, seem to help for a short while, some speeders try to speed so fast the electronic speed awareness signs almost break explaining some motorcyclists see it as a challenge. Randall explained that from an OPP perspective, if residents have a speeder in sight, or witness unsafe driving of any kind, they should place a call to the 1-888-310-1122 OPP number and use Option #1, file a complaint, which will be followed up on, and a service report will then be filed, allowing OPP to create a statistic of the level of seriousness and frequency to which the OPP will allocate resources proportionately. This process is know as ‘Call For Service’ and has been in place with the OPP since 2015.

By-Law Officer John Willmetts offered light on the topic of additional signage mentioning the idea of too many signs becomes a form of sign pollution. Wilmetts also mentioned that some motorcycle magazines feature Dufferin County as a fantastic route for a three hour summer ride. That being said, speeders are breaking the law and are often difficult to catch after the fact and while ‘day lighting’ would be great to increase visibility for drivers, some property owners are not interested in having the corners of their properties removed of their trees. Local Artist and Resident, Ken Hall was one of the many residents who voiced their concerns to Mulmur Council in August of 2017 and while Councillors seem to want to help, some residents are becoming increasingly frustrated not seeing progress.

“My biggest take-away was that our new Staff Sergeant, Nicol Randall, provided some very useful information about how their ability to deal with traffic issues is directly related to the number of reports they get about those issues. It’s in our hands, we all have to report dangerous driving of any kind if we want anything to get done about it. Also, I was very disappointed in Mulmur council’s lack of interest in supporting more prevalent road signage, including ‘dangerous grade’ signs at the North end of Prince of Wales where it connects with River Road, and ‘Dangerous Curve’ signage at key points along River Road.Furthermore, it was evident that Mulmur residents strongly wished to have all-way stop signs put in at the Prince of Wales 7 River Road junction and at the Terra Nova junction (River Road & 2nd line EHS). Both of these would greatly increase road safety, but again the council was very dismissive,” commented Hall.
” I will continue to ride my motorcycle and drive my sports car respectfully and legally through Mulmur ‎and encourage others to do the same,” commented Shelburnite and Motorcycle enthusiast, Ken Topping who also offered to help in any way he could and residents stress they are not- Anti- motorcyclists.
Focusing on the residents suggestions, Mulmur Councillor Greg Lloyd tried to comfort residents in the idea that he was taking notes during the informal meeting and would like to stress that the situation is best dealt with working together as a community. Councillor Keith Lowry also commented, ” The number of calls about speeding and the number of kids and people who live along these roads is not a good combination.” As this meeting was not an official meeting, basically the meeting allowed the Mulmur residents to meet with new OPP Staff Sergeant, Nicol Randall who was very helpful and to provide residents the opportunity to be heard.

On the down side which will be frustrating is the idea that Calls For Service Statistics take time to accumulate and Mulmur residents will have to be dedicated in their resolve to call and report speeders and unsafe drivers. and as winter approaches, and tourist drivers numbers will dwindle, residents will have to be calling throughout summer of 2018 and longer. Randall did also mention that reporting licence plate numbers is a very helpful tool as well. What remains to be seen is how Mulmur Township Councillors will act following the seriousness of the concerns of their residents’ requests for safety.

Alex Sher