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article imageOntario tops speed trap list, poll finds

By Alexandra Christopoulos     Aug 29, 2012 in Driving
Ontario roads are ranked with the worst speed traps in North America, according to a new poll released by the National Motorists Association.
Based in the United States, the NMA allows the public to post locations and descriptions of apparent speed traps, or zones in which speed limits are stealthily enforced.
Cities, provinces and states were categorized by the number of people who clicked in agreement with user-posted hot spots for cops lurking with radar guns. Numbers were adjusted for population.
Hamilton, Windsor and Mississauga all placed high in cities with populations of more than 50, 000. Placing first and second in the States were Flower Mound, Texas and Livonia, Mich.
Self desrcibed as a 'driver's rights' organization, the NMA's findings appear to have stirred up controversy amongst the association and law enforcement.
"Speed traps typically combine arbitrarily low speed limits with heavy traffic enforcement designed to generate ticket revenue," said the National Motorists Association in a statement on Tuesday.
But driving faster does not always mean safer, police caution.
“I would say in the majority of our fatal and serious crashes, speed is a factor,” said Sergeant Dave Woodford, of the OPP traffic safety division . “They’re going too fast. To increase the speed limit just encourages people to go faster. And I think that is unsafe.”
Despite the ranks, Ontario roads are still among the safest in North America, the Ministry of Transportation confirms. The province had the lowest fatality rate in North America in 2009, at 0.62 per cent per 10 000 licensed drivers. Speed was a factor in nearly 20 per cent of the fatal 564 crashes that year.
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