Friday, April 12, 2013

 

 

On the Road

The Need for Less Speed

Chilliwack streets safer thanks to speedwatch volunteers

Released by ICBC

n celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 21 to 27), ICBC is thanking the many dedicated volunteers in Chilliwack and Hope for their continued support and commitment to creating safer roads for everyone.

Throughout the Lower Mainland, volunteers spent more than 100,000 hours delivering road safety programs in their communities in 2012.

“Without the tireless efforts of our incredible volunteers, these road safety initiatives would not be possible,” said Mike Weightman, local road safety coordinator. “On behalf of everyone at ICBC, thank you! Your commitment to strengthening the safety of your community will undoubtedly inspire others to do more. You are truly making Chilliwack and Hope safer places to live.”

Speed Watch volunteers in Chilliwack and Hope contributed over 1,700 hours to help reduce speed - related crashes in 2012. With the support of volunteers, speed - related crashes have decreased in B.C. over the last five years. Volunteers use radar and speed - reader boards supplied by ICBC to show drivers how fast they’re actually traveling.

The equipment also helps volunteers monitor drivers' speeds throughout their community including school and playground zones and high crash locations. Research shows that it works – over 70 per cent of drivers traveling 10km/h over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed - reader board.

In 2012, Chilliwack and Hope volunteers who operate the Lock Out Auto Crime program handed out more than 5,400 notices resembling parking tickets on to the windshields of vehicles, many with valuables in sight, offering tips to the owners to protect them from be coming the victim of auto crime.

These volunteers also operate the Stolen Auto Recovery program in Chilliwack and Hope, and in 2012, they checked approximately 48,000 vehicles to look for signs of theft and help identify stolen vehicles.

In 2012, volunteers throughout the Lower Mainland helped recover over 150 stolen vehicles. With their support, in the Lower Mainland, we’ve seen a remarkable 76 per cent decrease in vehicle thefts and 63 per cent decrease in vehicle break-ins since 2003.

To learn more about how you can get involved and help keep your community safe, contact your local road safety coordinator, Mike Weightman at 604-702-3837.

 

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