Beginning this week, RCMP volunteers will begin conducting Speed Watch operations throughout the city.
“Speed Watch is an ICBC sponsored educational program aimed at reducing incidents of speeding,” said Laurie Carpenter, Vernon’s crime prevention coordinator. “Using portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, they provide awareness to drivers who are speeding. The information is collected and can be used to identify areas in the community where speeding is a problem.”
In the coming weeks, the Speed Watch volunteers will focus their efforts in school zones early in the morning. Motorists can also expect to see them set up in neighbourhoods, playground zones and identified high crash areas across the city.
“These volunteers make an extraordinary contribution to road safety in our community and we appreciate their effort,” said Const. Chris Terleski, Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media relations officer. “Road safety is a priority for our detachment which is why at some locations, the Speed Watch volunteers will be joined by frontline officers who can issue violation tickets to speeders if necessary.”
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