Speed Watch program seeks volunteers to help with complaints

The Vernon – North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit has been fielding complaints regarding speeding.

Volunteers are needed to assist with an ongoing traffic issue.

The Vernon – North Okanagan RCMP Safe Communities Unit has been fielding complaints regarding speeding.

“Complaints mainly come from residents in Coldstream, Armstrong and Spallumcheen,” said Warren Smith, rural programs co-ordinator.

“Otter Lake Road in Armstrong, Otter Lake Cross Road in Spallumcheen, Kalamalka Road and Middleton Way in Coldstream seem to be of the greatest concern.”

In one recent highvisible Speed Watch session 75 per cent of the drivers were observed speeding over a one-hour period with four out of the 55 vehicles in excess of 20km/h or more over the posted speed limit of 50 km/h.

When data was collected from the same location with the marked vehicle and Speed Reader Board out of view, the traffic speed increased to 95 per cent of the drivers speeding and 20 of 42 vehicles were in excessive 20km/h or more over the posted speed limit.

Six of the vehicles were observed in excess of 30 km/h over the posted speed limit.

“These stats show that the Speed Watch program does work and can be quite effective in educating drivers,” said Smith.

“North Okanagan residences have the right to be upset with the speeds that drivers are doing. Drivers need to simply allot more time to get to and from their destinations, slow down and think about the risk they are putting themselves and others in.”

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP is fully aware of these problematic areas and will continue to deploy enforcement operations to these areas.

In addition to the education and reminder that is provided to the driver the Speed Watch program enables the tracking of statistics which benefits the general public, the RCMP, local municipal and district governments, and ICBC.

“Although we appreciate people taking the time to forward their concerns we really need more people to volunteer and increase the effectiveness of the program particularly in the areas of Coldstream, Armstrong and Spallumcheen,” said Smith.

If you would like to volunteer contact Rural Programs Coordinator Warren Smith at 250-550-7843.

Applicants must be older than 19 years of age, have a clean driving record, and pass a RCMP enhanced security screening process.

Application forms are available at either the City of Vernon Community Policing Office or through your local RCMP Unit.