Motorists, watch your speed because a group of volunteers will be watching it for you.
The City of Vernon/Protective Services’ Speed Watch Program will be in effect starting at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in a school zone near you.
The program operates in support of ICBC and its Road Sense initiative. The program is directly coordinated by Vernon Safe Communities Unit and is operated by RCMP Citizens Patrol volunteers throughout the Vernon area.
“The purpose of the Speed Watch program is to enhance road safety and educate drivers,” said Regan Borisenko, crime prevention coordinator for the safe communities unit.
“This is done by increasing the level of awareness surrounding the issues of unsafe speed and distracted driving and reducing the incidents of speeding by reflecting drivers speed and reinforcing the speed limit in that zone.”
Trained volunteers use digital speed reader boards and a radar unit, and concentrate on areas where speeding is a major hazard.
Volunteers will be initially concentrating on school zones in order to keep the motoring public aware of the change in speed now that students are back in class after spring break.
There will be occasions when you will find Speed Watch operatives working with the Vernon RCMP members.
“These two-strike operations may land you a ticket should you choose to ignore the Citizens Patrol set up,” said Borisenko.