Comment 91017

By Kevin Love (anonymous) | Posted August 19, 2013 at 11:24:48

This is a great improvement for Hamilton!

Particularly for Herkimer Street. There is a reason why people like me who live here call it "The Herkimer Racetrack."

A particularly bad stretch of Herkimer is between Durand Park and St. Joseph's Hospital. Violent, dangerous and aggressive car drivers can see the traffic light turn to green all the way back to Durand Park. Then these dangerous drivers say to themselves "I've got to accelerate to 80-100 km/hr to get to James Street before the light turns red." Then they do just that!

I have complained to Hamilton Police numerous times about these violent, dangerous criminals. The Criminal Code of Canada says that reckless, negligent car drivers are guilty of the criminal offence of Dangerous Driving, punishable by up to 5 years in jail. But instead of arresting these criminals and putting them in jail where they belong, the police do nothing about these violent, dangerous criminals.

A cheap short term fix would be to put some sort of shade or awning on the traffic light so that car drivers could not see what colour it was until they were close to it.

But the real permanent solution is to use bollards to eliminate "rat-running" cut-through car traffic from all residential neighbourhoods in Hamilton, not just Herkimer.

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