Traffic-related rules, regulations and programs are designed to encourage safe travels on Milton roads.

School Traffic Safety 

As students make their way back to class after the summer break, the Town of Milton’s school safety campaign aims to educate drivers, cyclists and pedestrians on how to stay safe around school zones, school crossings and pedestrian crossovers.

School Zones

School zones are busy spots. Parents and school buses are dropping off and picking up children, crossing guards are stopping traffic, and kids are out and about. There’s a lot going on and there’s a lot to look out for as a driver.

When nearing a school:

  • Check your speed.
  • Be alert and watch for children.
  • Pay attention to signs and school crossings.

School Crossings

​Drivers and cyclists must stop when a Crossing Guard is about to enter the roadway and remain stopped until children and the Crossing Guard have safely cleared the roadway. If a Crossing Guard is not present at a school crossing location, pedestrians do not have the right of way, as this is not a pedestrian crossover.

When nearing a school crossing:

  • Stop for school crossing guards.
  • Wait until both pedestrians and crossing guards are completely off the road before proceeding.
  • If a crossing guard is not present, pedestrians do not have the right of way.

Pedestrian Crossovers

Pedestrian crossovers are designated areas where pedestrians can safely cross the road.

Drivers and cyclists must stop for the pedestrians at these areas and wait until the pedestrian reaches the other curb before proceeding. This differentiates a pedestrian crossover from a regular crosswalk, where drivers do not need to wait until the pedestrian fully reaches the other side.

When nearing a crossover:

  • Look for pedestrians, signs and flashing lights.
  • Stop and wait until all pedestrians have fully crossed the street safely.

No Parking/No Stopping Zones

Parking in a No Parking zone, a No Stopping zone or fire route can block the visibility of drivers and pedestrians and increase the likelihood of a collision.

When parking in school zones:

  • Obey the “No Parking” and “No Stopping” signs.
  • Do not park in fire routes.
  • Do not park or leave your vehicle unattended in the Kiss and Ride area.

Speed Limits

Urban: 50 km/hr, unless otherwise posted.

Rural: The speed limit in the rural area is being phased to 70 km/hr (unless otherwise posted).

In front of primary/junior schools: Speed limits reduced to 40 km/hr, to help protect our children by increasing motorist awareness of high child pedestrian volumes within a school zone.

Please Slow Down Campaign

Residents are encouraged to post a "Please Slow Down" lawn sign produced by the Town to encourage safe driving habits and to lower vehicle operating speeds on neighbourhoods streets.  The signs are available free of charge to all Milton residents. Please note, there is a limit of one (1) sign per household and quantities are limited.

To obtain a lawn sign visit Town Hall at 150 Mary St, weekdays between 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Where are lawn signs permitted?  Signs are only permitted on private property. Please do not display lawn signs on Town of Milton property, including boulevards.

Placement tips

  • When placing the signs, residents must ensure that they do not create any sightline obstructions and do not create hazards for road users.

Please ensure the lawn signs are:

  • Set back a minimum of 4 meters from the back of curb
  • Inserted into the ground using the wire frame only
  •  Placed as supplied and without additional illumination or reflective tape

Over time, lawn signs can degrade, dislodge or otherwise fall into a state of disrepair. Please ensure your lawn sign is safety maintained.

Please replace your lawn sign if:

  • The wire frame becomes damaged, bent, dislodged from the ground or otherwise unsafe
  • The plastic covering is damaged or removed
  • The sign has other issues, which may raise safety concerns, or may prevent the sign from staying anchored into the ground

Speed Studies 

The Town of Milton works cooperatively with the Halton Regional Police Service to promote safe driving practices. When a section of roadway is identified as a speeding concern, the Town will conduct a spot speed study. The data collected is processed into a speed profile and the results are forwarded to the Halton Regional Police Service for their information and enforcement. 

Traffic Signal Coordination

The Town has begun the implementation of new, specialized technology designed to improve traffic flow on heavily travelled corridors.  The Town is using the Miovision TrafficLink System, which is a Canadian solution to help collect, manage and analyze traffic data at intersections. This new technology will improve the travel experience for motorists by reducing congestion and decreasing travel times, in addition to the following benefits:

  • Improved coordination with traffic signals
  • Performance measures are continuously generated by the system, allowing staff to monitor on demand and solve problems more efficiently
  • Traffic engineering staff can manage traffic signal issues remotely
  • Positive environmental impacts - savings in fuel consumption and reduction in vehicle emissions


Requests for All-Way Stops 

All-way stops are used to control vehicle right-of-way at an intersection. They are not, as some might think, speed control devices. In fact, studies have shown that the installation of unwarranted all-way stops can lead to poor driver compliance, as drivers become accustomed to not meeting opposing traffic at these locations.

A number of factors are considered before installing all-way stops. First, staff must conduct a traffic study to count through-traffic and turning traffic on both the main and secondary streets to ensure that the intersection meets minimum vehicle counts. Spot speed studies may be conducted, along with a collision analysis of the intersection.

Traffic studies are typically completed on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Traffic counts are not completed during the summer months due to irregular traffic patterns. Within new subdivisions, traffic studies will not be completed until almost all of the construction has been completed and mature traffic patterns have been established.

Request for Review

If you want to have an intersection reviewed for an all-way stop, please send a written request to: Town of Milton, Engineering Services, 150 Mary Street, Milton, ON  L9T 6Z5. 

Community Safety Zones 

A Community Safety Zone is a section of roadway or an intersection where public safety is of special concern and certain traffic fines have been increased within the zone. The goal is to improve road safety on a roadway by encouraging drivers to obey traffic laws.

Traffic signs identifying an area as a Community Safety Zone are posted at the start and throughout the zone. The locations of the Town's Community Safety Zones are as follows:

  • Campbell Avenue between Guelph Line and a point 250 metres east of Wheelihan Way (Campbellville)
  • Main Street at Bishop Reding High School
  • Ontario Street between a point 200 metres north of Laurier Avenue and a point 50 metres north of Main Street
  • Woodward Avenue between Maple Avenue and Lorne Scott Drive
  • Wilson Avenue between a point 250 metres north of Woodward Avenue and a point 200 metres south of Mackenzie Drive

Pedestrian Crossovers

New to Milton, Pedestrian Crossovers are designated crossing areas that allow pedestrians to safely cross the road, where vehicles must yield to the pedestrian.  

Crossing Guards

Crossing Guards are placed in strategic locations to serve elementary schools in Milton. A Crossing Guard's job is to temporarily stop traffic to allow pedestrians to cross safely. Please appreciate their hard work and dedication by being respectful and following their instructions.

Halton Regional Police Programs

The Halton Regional Police Service also operate a number of programs which actively involve residents in educating and reporting traffic concerns: 

  • Hands Free Device Campaign - The Town, in conjuction with Police, have installed 25 new signs at high-traffic volume locations throughout Milton, reminding drivers of the dangers and penalties associated with cell phone use while driving a vehicle.
    • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to cause injury.
    • Even when drivers use a hands-free phone, they are less aware of the traffic around them.
    • A study found that in 80% of collisions, the driver had looked away from the road 3 seconds prior to the crash.
  • Drive SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone) Roads Partnership - Town and Police staff work hard to identify, verify and risk assess traffic concerns, be they citizen complaints or through police observation. Officers from Milton Police station are tasked to conduct robust enforcement at those locations which have been deemed moderate to high risk. These locations receive targeted enforcement for a period of one month in an effort to modify driver behaviour through enforcement and education.
  • Project Rural Impact - Officers address rural speeding concerns at specific locations within the rural community of Milton. This takes the form of bi annual enforcement blitzes led by the District Response Unit and supported by platoon officers.
  • Canada Road Safety Week - Milton officers target the 4 high risk driver behaviours (Impaired driving/Aggressive Driving/Distracted Driving/Seatbelt noncompliance) during Canada's Road Safety Week in May. This is a "All Hands on Deck" approach and leads to one of the most significant enforcement efforts within the province.  
  • Ride SAFE (Safety Awareness for Everyone)  Halton - A motor cycle safe riding awareness campaign to be complimented by motor cycle enforcement along rural routes in Milton. New warning signs have been designed and purchased by the Town to be installed along a popular high risk route.
  • Project ERASE (Eradicate Racing Activity on Streets Everywhere) - Street racing is a very dangerous activity. To combat this officers from Milton have developed partnerships with other police agencies within the GTA to target this driving behaviour. It will not be tolerated within our community.
  • All officers are TRAFFIC officers - Milton police understand that aggressive driving is a concern for Milton's residents and all officers are expected to play their part in helping to make the roads as safe as possible.  Residents can also submit Traffic Complaints and RoadWatch reports online.

For further information on any of these programs, or to report a speeding concern, please contact the Halton Regional Police at 905-825-4747.