This will be a good summer to respect the speed limit in Villa Nova.
Last October, Norfolk OPP monitored traffic through the hamlet, east of Waterford, and concluded there was a problem with speeders. Focused patrols were dispatched and tickets were issued.
The OPP did the same in February and wrote even more tickets.
Despite that, residents are angry with scofflaws who blow through the village as if they are on Highway 401. They took it up with Norfolk’s Police Services Board on June 27. OPP brass in Simcoe agree there is a problem.
The PSB received a petition with 21 signatures calling for a crackdown.
“There are a number of children that want to ride their bikes on the sidewalks but are afraid to because of the speeders,” the petition says. “We do not feel safe going for a walk because (speeders) will blow your hat off.
“Nor do we walk out with our babies in strollers. We might get hit. The worst times are at your shift change 11 o’clock at night and starting at 5 a.m. in the morning. The speeding is terrible at night but getting just as fast during the day. Could you please try to get this situation under control?”
The petition was delivered by Villa Nova resident Bruce Thomson, who let the police services board know that he and his neighbours are unhappy and want something to change.
Thomson said people know that anyone breaking the speed limit in Renton stands a good chance of receiving a ticket. He said he and his neighbours would like to see the same diligent policing in Villa Nova.
“Villa Nova would like to have the same reputation that Renton’s got,” Thomson said. “I’m sick and tired of paying for police services I’m not getting.”
Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, said Speed Spy data from Villa Nova suggests the problem is with westbound drivers. Norfolk County recently spent $63,500 on electronic speed-watch signage. When the devices arrive, Varga said Villa Nova will be a good candidate for posting.
The speed limit on Thompson Road East in Villa Nova is 60 km-h.
Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus, a council appointee to the board, said residents of Lynnville had a similar problem several years ago.
The solution, Columbus said, was to turn the main intersection in Lynnville into a four-way stop. Columbus will check with Norfolk public works to determine whether Villa Nova might benefit from traffic-calming measures.
“Your situation in Villa Nova is no different than what we have in other hamlets,” Columbus told Thomson.