Traffic calming measures rile up drivers

OTTAWA, Ont. — The city of Ottawa’s transportation committee is under the gun over their plan to install speed bumps and other traffic calming measures.

Critics say the end result will be more accidents, as traffic is slowed and narrowed down, causing backups and frustration for drivers.

“We have created more opportunities for a traffic accident,” Demetre Athanassiadis told city council at a recent meeting. “They have the opposite effect of what you are trying to achieve.”

Other drivers told city officials that planning for increased traffic should be done while roads are being built, not after the fact.

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