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Expect more speed limit enforcement heading into South Porcupine

Police chief says there will be zero tolerance
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Drivers can expect more speed enforcement heading into South Porcupine.

At the Feb. 13 Timmins Police Services Board meeting, members talked about how fast people are driving heading east on Highway 101. 

After the Bruce Avenue Y, the speed limit drops to 70 km/hr from 80 km/hr. Shortly after it drops again to 50 km/hr. 

Mayor George Pirie, who was re-elected as TPS board chair earlier in the meeting, brought up the "trouble spot". 

“It’s got to slow down and it’s not just residential traffic, it’s all traffic. I mean, ore trucks, logging trucks, they barrel into South End," said Pirie, who also noted that there are kids trying to cross the highway at Legion Drive. 

Timmins Police Chief John Gauthier agreed it's a problematic area. 

He said traffic Sgt. Tom Chypyha sent another enforcement message to officers earlier this month.

"There’s going to be a zero tolerance on the enforcement piece because I would rather try to educate...but at some point we do have to couple that with a little bit of enforcement, and we will be doing that,” said Gauthier. 

Once the weather is nicer, he said the speed trailer that displays how fast people are driving will be put on the corner heading into the community. 

TPS board member Kraymr Grenke also suggested moving the speed limit signs back and start the 70 km/hr area before the Y. That option would have to be brought to council.

Doubling of speed fines, which is done in community safety zones, was also mentioned. 

However, Gauthier said they would have to look at the Highway Traffic Act to see where those zones can be extended. 

Maija Hoggett

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