Speed Watch volunteers will be keeping an eye on motorists in Vernon.

Speed Watch volunteers will be keeping an eye on motorists in Vernon.

Vernon speeders come under scrutiny

The Speed Watch program will be in effect in Vernon school zones starting Friday at 7:30 a.m.

Motorists are being urged to slow down.

The Speed Watch program will be in effect in Vernon school zones starting Friday at 7:30 a.m.

“The purpose of the Speed Watch program is to enhance road safety and educate drivers,” said Regan Borisenko, City of Vernon crime prevention co-ordinator.

“This is done by increasing the level of awareness around 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 RCMP volunteers use digital speed reader boards and a radar unit and concentrate on areas where speeding is a major hazard. These volunteers will be initially concentrating on school zones in order to keep motorists aware of the change in speed.

“There will be occasions when our Speed Watch operatives work with RCMP members,” said Borisenko.

“These two-strike operations may land drivers a ticket should they choose to ignore the RCMP volunteer operation.”