Driver Safety

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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7
905-895-5193

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​​​​Road Signs

Traffic Calming Measure.JPGThis sign indicates you are in an area where traffic calming has been implemented. Traffic calming typically use physical measures to help reduce the speed of traffic. Speed humps, chicanes,​​ landscaping, and road narrowing are all considered traffic calming approaches.
Roundabout / traffic circleThis sign indicates there is a roundabout coming up. Enter the roundabout to the right, yielding to other traffic, then exit at the appropriate location.​
Community Safety.JPGCommunity Safety Zones are areas where Town Council has determined there is a special concern for public safety. Often, Community Safety Zones are located in areas where children and seniors frequent or where there is a history of high accident rates. In Newmarket, the Town Council has made all School Zones, Community Safety Zones. Fines for speeding and other moving violations in these areas are substantially increased.
School Zone.JPGThe School Area sign is used to warn drivers they are entering an area with a school nearby and children may be near or on the roadway. Drivers should reduce their speed and keep their eyes open for children.
Bike Lane.JPGA bike lane is a portion of a roadway designated by signs and/or pavement markings for the preferential use of bicycles, children's bicycles, power-assisted bicycles, motor-assisted bicycles, and mopeds. 
Drivers are not allowed to park any vehicle on a bike lane. However, you may stop in a bicycle lane if you are picking up or dropping off passengers, or for emergency or repair purposes.

Speed Reduction

Did you know…?

  • The impact caused by a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h is the same as dropping the vehicle from a three storey building*
  • Stats show that if you're travelling in a 60 km/h zone, every 5 km/h over the speed limit yo​u travel, you double your risk of being in an injury causing accident*
      • That means you are 4 times more likely to be in an injury causing accident by driving 70 km/h in a 60 km/h zone*
      • This is one of the reasons the Town of Newmarket has limited many of the streets to 40 km/h. Not only will it assist in keeping the other users of the street safe, but it will also provide you with piece of mind
  • There are many factors considered when the speed limit for a street is set, including the design of the road, where the road is located, and if there are any schools nearby.

    *Government of Western Australia Office of Road Safety, 2014

Distracted Driving

  • 15 fatalities in 2013 were attributed to distracted driving in Ontario alone*
  • You are 23x more likely to get into an accident while texting and driving*
  • You are 9x more likely to be involved in an accident while reaching for something while driving*

    *provided by CAA, 2014

​​​General Driving Tips

  • ​Use caution when approaching intersections, crosswalks and stopped transit buses
  • Watch for pedestrians who may be walking against their signal, who need more time to cross, or may be running to catch a bus
  • If traffic in other lanes is stopped or slowing on a green light, proceed with caution - those drivers may see something you can't
  • Be cautious when turning into any intersection, particularly at night, or when bright light may affect your view
  • Slow down on residential streets and in school zones - remember the speed limit is a maxium, you don't have to drive to the limit
  • Watch for toys or other play equipment entering the road. Children will usually follow
  • Even with the right of way, safe drivers drive defensively.