While many are counting down the minutes until the long weekend begins, many are counting back the minutes since they last hugged a lost loved one. Too many of these lost loved ones were wronged by the insufficient level of safety on Highway 10.
On August 20th, 2020, a woman of Inglewood – known for her generous heart – was killed at the intersection of Highway 10 and Olde Base Line Rd when a dump truck ran the red light.
Fast forward to this morning, and another accident has occurred, also involving a dump truck, which caused Highway 10 to remain closed for most of the morning.
In addition to our several blogs over the years emphasizing various concerns, we were recently included in an e-mail conversation between local officials, as well as a relative of the woman who passed two weeks ago, emphasizing the need for reduced speed limits, increased speed enforcement, red light cameras, and efficient changes to prevent more deaths.
Moreover, recommendations were offered during a phone conversation with an Inglewood resident and employee of the Inglewood Post Office, namely Lisa Longo, to install a 3-second delay at the various intersections, especially Highway 10 and Olde Base Line, in which all four sets of lights will remain red for a three second period before two change to green, evidently preventing collisions from failure to stop on the red. She also emphasized that the standards should be more stringent in terms of obtaining a license to drive large transport vehicles. She is considering creating a petition for citizens of Inglewood to sign, and we urge you to please do so!
If you are reading this and wondering, “what can I do? What can we do? How do we make change happen fast and prevent more tragedies?”, we recommend commenting on and sharing our blogs to increase awareness, getting in touch with local officials and pushing for your suggestions to be heard, and doing what you can to educate the community about the changes that need to be made.
Please feel free to contact our Caledon office to share your thoughts.
Wishing you a safe long weekend.