Speed spotters on the lookout

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP will use some extra eyes when checking for speeders.

The annual Speed Watch Program has started for another year.

“The program operates in support of ICBC and their Road Sense initiative,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit oversees the program, and it is run by RCMP volunteers throughout the North Okanagan detachment area.”

The purpose of Speed Watch is to enhance road safety and bring awareness of speed limits in North Okanagan communities.

Trained volunteers use digital speed-reader boards and a radar unit, and concentrate on areas where speeding is a hazard or residents complain of excessive speeds.

“Volunteers will be initially concentrating on school zones in order to keep the motoring public aware of those speed zones,” said Molendyk. “With spring here, children tend to run and bike in those areas more frequently, so please slow down.”

There will be occasions when Speed Watch volunteers will be working with the City of Vernon’s RCMP municipal traffic section.

Expect to see Speed Watch operations around the City of Vernon as well as other municipalities in the North Okanagan, and police ask motorists to please remember these volunteers are actively working to make roads a safer place to travel for everyone.

“We are always looking for dedicated volunteers for community policing programs,” said Molendyk. “ Come into the office to apply.”

The Vernon-North Okanagan City of Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit is located on Coldstream Avenue in the back of the Sun Valley Mall.