Now playing, in a school zone near you, is the City of Vernon RCMP Safe Communities Unit’s Speed Watch program.
The program operates in support of ICBC and its Road Sense initiative.
The program is directly co-ordinated by Vernon Safe Communities Unit and is operated by RCMP/Citizens Patrol volunteers throughout the Vernon area.
“The purpose of the Speed Watch program is to enhance road safety and educate drivers,” said Regan Borisenko with the safe communities uit.
“This is done by increasing the level of awareness surrounding the issues of unsafe speed and distracted driving, and reducing the incidents of speeding by reflecting drivers’ speed and reinforcing the speed limit in that zone”.
Trained volunteers use digital speed reader boards and a radar unit and concentrate on areas where speeding is a major hazard.
Volunteers will be initially concentrating on school zones in order to keep the motoring public aware of the school zones again now that the students are back in class after their spring break.
“There will be occasions when you will find Citizens Patrol volunteers working with the Vernon RCMP members,” said Borisenko.
“These two-strike operations may land you a ticket should you choose to ignore the speed that is shown on our display board.”