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Road Safety and Traffic Watch Map

Traffic Watch Map

About Stop Signs 

One of the most common requests the Township receives is for stop signs at intersections.  While all-way stops can be affective in some cases, they are not recommended for speeding or traffic volumes issues. 

The Township selects stop sign locations using the All-Way Stop Warrant Policy. The policy considers traffic volumes, sightlines and collision history. As well, the policy does not permit stop signs within 250 metres (820 feet) of other stop signs or traffic signals. 

Installing unwarranted stop signs can have negative impacts, including: 

  • Slowing down emergency services (police, ambulance and fire vehicles),
  • Drivers ignoring stop signs because there are so many,
  • Providing a false sense of security to pedestrians as drivers may roll through the intersection or fail to stop, 
  • Drivers speeding up to make up for lost time, 
  • Increasing air pollution, 
  • Increasing gas usage, and 
  • Frustrating drivers. 

More Information or Request Stop Sign 

For more information on stop signs or to request a stop sign, please contact Public Works and Infrastructure services at works@scugog.caor 905-985-7346 ext. 112.

About Speed Limits 

Speed limits are set based on appropriate driving speeds under good conditions. Drivers should slow down when there are pedestrians or cyclists present; during bad weather (e.g. rain, fog, snow, ice); in heavy traffic; etc. Studies show that when accidents occur, there is a direct correlation between how severe the injuries are and the how fast drivers were going. 

Township of Scugog Speed Limits 

The Township’s policy sets the default speed limits as: 

Road Classification 

Example Roads 

Default Speed Limit 

Rural Local 

Most rural roads 

60 km/hr 

Urban Arterial C 

Scugog Line 6 

60 km/hr 

Urban Collector 

Old Simcoe Road, Union Avenue, Victoria Street 

50 km/hr 

Urban Local 

Most residential streets, shoreline road, hamlets 

40 km/hr 

School Zone 

In front of primary schools 

40 km/hr 

Requests for Speed Limit Changes 

Send requests for changes to existing speed limits to Staff will review the request based on the Establishing Speed Limits on Township Roads Policy. 

More Information  

For more information on speed limits, please contact Public Works and Infrastructure services at or 905-985-7346 ext. 112. 

About Traffic Calming  

Keeping Scugog streets safe is a priority for the Township and using measures to “calm” the traffic is one way of achieving this. The purpose of traffic calming is to reduce speeding and speed related collisions. 

What Scugog is Doing to Improve Road Safety 

Traffic Calming Projects Completed So Far: 

  • Created new Traffic Calming Implementation Protocol. The protocol provides consistency for evaluating and prioritizing traffic calming locations.
  • Established Community Safety Zones at all elementary schools. The zones have higher fines for traffic infractions. 
  • Using two mobile speed display boards at locations across the Township to reduce speeds. The boards also provide data for DRPS to target excessive speeders on the road. 
  • Providing free lawn signs asking drivers to “Please Slow Down”.  
  • Reduced speed limits across the Township. 
  • Installed a Pedestrian Crossover at Old Simcoe Road and Doctor Archer Drive in Port Perry. 
  • Installed a Pedestrian Crossover at Simcoe Street and Paxton Street in Port Perry. 
  • Installed Pedestrian Signals at Highway 7/12 and Cragg Road in Greenbank. 

Upcoming Traffic Calming Projects: 

  • Designing and installing traffic calming measures on highest priority roads 

Examples of Traffic Calming 

There are many methods of traffic calming. Some of the most common types of traffic calming measures are: 

  • Community Safety Zones  
  • Speed display boards 
  • Lane narrowing (physical or with line painting) 
  • Speed cushions 
  • Speed humps and tables
  • Raised crosswalks and intersections 
  • In-road bollards 
  • On-street parking
  • Traffic circles, traffic buttons and roundabouts 
  • Curb extensions 
  • Raised median islands 
  • Textured crosswalks 
  • Targeted enforcement 
  • Lawn signs requesting drivers to slow down 

Stop signs are not recommended as a traffic calming measure.  See Stop Signs for more information on this. 

Request Traffic Calming or More Information 

To request traffic calming for a road please fill out the Traffic Calming Request Form. For more information on traffic calming please contact Public Works and Infrastructure services at works@scugog.caor 905-985-7346 ext. 112. 

New Pedestrian Crossovers 

Pedestrian crossovers are a new way for pedestrians to cross roads easily and safely. The new Pedestrian crossovers on Simcoe Street and Old Simcoe Road have flashing lights, ladder-style stripes and yield bars showing where drivers must stop.  

How to use Pedestrian Crossovers: 


  • Push the button to activate the flashing lights 
  • Look both ways 
  • Make eye contact with drivers to make sure that they see you
  • Wait until vehicles stop before entering the road 
  • Only cross when it is safe to do so 


  • Be aware of the locations of pedestrian crossings 
  • Watch for pedestrians and flashing lights 
  • Come to a complete stop when pedestrians are crossing and/or lights are flashing  
  • Remain stopped until pedestrians have finished crossing the road 
  • Proceed with caution 


  • When crossing with pedestrians - dismount your bike and walk across the road 
  • When riding through a crossover - follow the same rules as drivers  

For more information on Pedestrian Crossovers go to the Durham Region website page What is a Pedestrian Crossover”. 


Road Watch 

The Township of Scugog is a part of Road Watch, a community volunteer-based program to make roads safe for the community. Various towns and cities throughout Ontario take part in this program, including our neighbouring municipalities of Oshawa, Whitby, Clarington, Pickering and the Township of Uxbridge

Road Watch members include the Durham Regional Police Service, members of council, Township staff and members of the community. Together they make our streets safe for everyone. 

You can help your community by reporting incidents, such as: 

  • Speeding 
  • Careless driving 
  • Disobeying stop signs and traffic signals 
  • Other unlawful and dangerous driving behaviour 

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