The father of Jasmin Hanif, a 10-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a vehicle last month on Evans Road in Waterdown, has made a passionate appeal to Hamilton politicians.
Shakeel Hanif is calling for lower speed limits on all residential streets, stressing that “if we act now, maybe we can save another life.”
Hanif complains that there’s not enough police enforcement of chronic speeding in the suburban community, as well as a lack of infrastructure to support growth.
In a passionate speech to the city’s public works committee on Monday morning, he noted that Evans Road has no street lighting, sidewalks or shoulders.
With another 7,000 homes planned in Waterdown in the coming years, Hanif added that the city needs to act now to prevent “another family going through what I’m going through.”
Flamborough Councillor Judi Partridge calls Hanif “our champion” and “the strong voice that we need” to get things done.
She added that improvements are coming to Evans Road, starting with street lighting and removing its designation as an official truck route.
The city’s traffic department also has plans to install pedestrian warning signs, oversize speed limit reminders and temporary electronic radar signs which show drivers how fast they are travelling.
As part of his push for change, Hanif says he is starting the Jasmin Hanif Foundation dedicated to road safety.
The 10-year-old was trying to cross the road on May 16, when a motorist in one lane waved her through amidst heavy traffic. She was killed when she stepped in front of a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction.