Communities combat speeding

Armstrong, Enderby and Spallumcheen purchase radar speed board

A battle against speeding has a new weapon in three North Okanagan municipalities.

A partnership between Spallumcheen, Armstrong and Enderby, together with the RCMP and the Safe Communities Unit resulted in the communities contributing to the purchase and deployment of a radar speed board, which was unveiled in Armstrong Thursday.

The board will be rotated between the three communities at two-week intervals. Each community has compiled a list of deployment locations so it will be seen throughout the three communities on a regular basis.

The three communities shared in the cost of the unit which is compact, automated and lightweight. It is perfect for school zones and rural or high-density residential neighbourhoods that wish to monitor vehicle traffic volumes, speeds and focuses on educating drivers.

“The unit will be deployed in areas that are experiencing high levels of collisions, speeding and or in an area that the safety of others is at risk due to lighting, road design or traffic and pedestrian volume,” said Warren Smith, with the Safe Communities Unit.

The board has two main uses.

It collects data such as volume, speeds and peak periods of violators.

And it can be used as an education tool to provide a motorist with an immediate reminder as to what the posted speed limit is as well as to what is the speed that they are travelling at.

A key part of the radar speed board effectiveness will be the board’s length of deployment times and the ability to be transported to a difference location.

Drivers often get tunnel vision to signage or other items along the roadway. These pieces of equipment are very effective for short time periods thus with the rotation of the board between the three communities it will remain effective in reminding drivers to slow down.

The data collected will be shared with all three communities, the Safe Communities Unit and the Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP detachment.

In most cases traffic enforcement is aware of areas of concern and you never know when you may find an officer waiting for any speeders on the other side of the speed board’s location,” said Smith.

“Our purpose here is to reduce traffic speeds and ultimately reducing incidents of speed such as collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians and or public or private property.

“At the end of the day, we want to improve the quality of life for our residents, users of the area and ideally we want to create safer streets.”