Putting a stop to stop sign runners

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Kingston – One Kingston woman says she’s fed up with drivers ignoring stop signs in her west end neighbourhood.  So much so that’s she’s been taping the bad driving behaviour since January.  She’s also circulating a petition.

The sign may say “stop” but according to Lisa Reynolds that’s the last thing drivers are doing at this 3 way intersection at Development, Hudson and Lincoln Drives in Kingston’s west end.

“In a 15 minute period of time I could catch 15-people minimum going through stop signs.”

Frustrated Reynolds decided to take matters into her own hands.  Armed with a camera – she’s been filming people cruising through the stop signs.  In a span of 15 minutes she caught 35 drivers either rolling through or completely ignoring the stop.

Lisa Reynolds, Concerned Citizen
“They slow down just long enough to see that there’s nobody at the stop signs and then they just go through, it’s not actually a legal stop. Somebody’s going to get hurt and I’m afraid it’s going to be somebody very close to me here.”

This isn’t the first time Reynolds has tried to get the message out about what she calls a growing problem.  Back in February she placed this warning under the stops signs telling people they were being filmed but the city took it down and she was given a traffic infringement notice.  Reynolds continues to post videos like this one to social media – but Kingston Police say the best way to stop this kind of offense is to report it – either online or by phone.  According to Kingston Police they haven’t received a formal complaint about this intersection all summer.

Constable Steve Koopman, Kingston Police
“If we have a lot of complaints in one area then we’ll know that has to be a priority so it’s important for the community members to let us know that and it’s best not to just simply do it through social media.”

The neighbourhood already has speed humps but Reynolds says that’s not enough.  She’s now circulating a petition that she plans to submit to city council asking for speed bumps to be installed closer to the stop signs.

Lisa Reynolds, Concerned Citizen
“I have a right, my family has a right, my neighbours have a right to live in an area where we’re not having aggressive drivers constantly making life miserable here it’s just miserable.”

Reynolds says she plans to continue to film bad drivers until something is done to stop them – permanently.  Nikki Jhutti, CKWS Newswatch Kingston.

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