City drives pace car program

Attempts are being made to slow speeders down on Vernon roads

Attempts are being made to slow speeders down on Vernon roads.

The City of Vernon is one of 10 Canadian communities that have received a $1,500 grant for a pace car program.

“The program involves seeking out community members to sign up as pace car divers,” said Wendy Majewski, transportation demand management co-ordinator. “These drivers then agree to drive in a manner courteous to other road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists. Pace cars are therefore able to calm traffic throughout a neighbourhood.”

There has already been considerable support for the initiative.

“Okanagan Landing Elementary School is on board with the program and East Hill Community Church is interested,” said Majewski.

Coun. Juliette Cunningham is pleased with the program, especially since speed limits changed on part of Okanagan Landing Road.

“People don’t like going 50 kilometres an hour when they used to go 70,” she said.

The $1,500 grant is from Parachute, a group dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.