Comment 101463

By Mal (anonymous) | Posted May 21, 2014 at 14:38:45

The absence of countdown clocks on these high-risk crosswalks, combined with the presence of red light cameras, can lead to situations where, in the face of a potential $375 ticket, you can choose between slamming on the brakes or accelerating through a sudden yellow.

King and Dundurn seems notable on this count, especially during afternoon rush when drivers are looking into the sun. The new installation on the Westdale High corner of Main and Longwood, just after a blind corner, is another gem (apparently drivers on the other three faces of the intersection pose no threat to students). It's hard to square installations like these with the purported aim of enhanced public safety.

To be sure, this is not to apologize for the city's car culture or those who break the law, merely to point out that even drivers are ill-served by Hamilton's traffic engineering.

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