The City of Oshawa has designated a section of Conlin Road near Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology as a community safety zone. Under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act, municipalities may designate a section of roadway under its jurisdiction as a community safety zone if public safety is of special concern.
On Dec. 3, Oshawa city council designated the section of Conlin Road between a point 100 metres west of Founders Drive to a point 100 metres east of Bridle Road as a community safety zone. The action was taken as a result of a student, Ryss Glenfield, being struck by a car and killed in November while at the intersection waiting for a green light.
The move became effective on Dec. 21, when signs were installed marking the beginning and end of the safety zone. With the safety zone in place, penalties for violations, including speeding and careless driving related offences are increased.
In addition to this action, city officials are working with the Region of Durham, Durham Regional Police, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Durham College and Trent University Durham GTA to improve community safety in other ways near the campus at Simcoe Street and Conlin Road.