Study to examine traffic safety in city

Traffic safety is about to get a boost through a new city initiative.

The Fort St. John City Council passed a motion, Monday, to include funding in the 2011 budget for a traffic study.

Councillor Dan Davies put forward the motion at the meeting. He says the city has had a considerable increase in traffic over the past several years and some residents have expressed concerns at how fast some cars travel on residential roads.

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Davies says speeding vehicles is partly an enforcement concern, but the City can look into other ways to help decrease the number of speeders.

He adds that the study could potentially cost a fair amount of money because it will look at the entire community.

However, he feels it is a necessary measure to ensure residents feel safe on the streets, especially as the city continues to grow.

The details of the study will be determined by city staff, but he says it will almost certainly include looking at how fast vehicles travel on city streets as well as potential hazards with vehicles parked on the streets.

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