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Friday, November 10, 2017

Public Suggests Highway 6 Education

Tobermory | by Kevin Bernard  

Effort to make the Peninsula highway safer could include a message to Chi-Cheemaun users.

The second meeting about safety along highway 6 on the Bruce Peninsula drew roughly 55 people to the Tobermory Community centre.

It was held Wednesday evening and one of the organizers is pleased with the turnout and the feedback.

Former OPP officer Terry Bell says there was a lot of talk about education for drivers about how to drive in heavy traffic and getting them to slow down.

One item discussed was the amount of heavy trucks coming off the Chi-Cheemaun during the summer months and the fact they are let off first.

Bell says that creates a slow-down and leads to frustration for drivers behind the big rigs.

He is optimistic that the Owen Sound Transportation Company will look at solutions, and feels there could be more education of drivers on the Ferry before it docks, about safe driving habits.

But OSTC officials say they have already been playing OPP safe driving PSAs on the ship for the last 2 years.  

What OSTC aims to do for next season they say, is work with the OPP to make the OPP produced PSAs less generic and more specific to safe driving on Highway 6.

The meeting Wednesday and last month, followed collisions on Highway 6 north of Wiarton which claimed 5 lives in less than two months.

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