Wednesday, April 2, 2014
On the Road
Chilliwack Speedwatch volunteers
Released by ICBC/Voice file photos
recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 6 to 12), ICBC is
thanking the many volunteers in Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope for
their continued dedication to creating safer roads and
neighbourhoods for everyone.
Throughout the Lower
Mainland, volunteers spent more than 116,000 hours delivering road
safety programs in their communities in 2013.
A new program, Cell Watch,
was introduced last year across the province to combat distracted
driving. In 2013, Lower Mainland volunteers spent 2,900 hours
reminding drivers not to use their cellphones while driving.
“Volunteers play such an important role in promoting safe roads and
safe communities across B.C.,” said Todd Stone, Minister of
Transportation and Infrastructure. “They work tirelessly to make the
roadways safer for drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. I
encourage all British Columbians to take the time to recognize these
volunteers during National Volunteer Week.”
“Our volunteers truly make Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope safer places
to live and their dedication to road safety is remarkable,” said
Mike Weightman, local road safety coordinator. “On behalf of
everyone at ICBC, thank you. Our programs would not be possible
without your tireless efforts and you will undoubtedly inspire
others to do more.”
Speedwatch volunteers at Tyson Elementary in September last year.
You’ve probably noticed
Speed Watch volunteers on the roadside in your community. Volunteers
use radar and set up speed - reader boards supplied by ICBC to show
drivers the speed they’re actually travelling and are often at high
crash locations and school and playground zones.
In Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope, volunteers spent over 1,600 hours
to help reduce speed - related crashes last year. Research shows
these programs work – over 70 per cent of drivers travelling 10km/h
over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed-reader board.
Volunteers also often partner with police who will ticket drivers
who don’t slow down after seeing their speed on the reader board.
In 2013, Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope volunteers who operate the
Lock Out Auto Crime program handed out more than 4,500 notices
resembling parking tickets on to the windshields of vehicles, many
with valuables in sight , offering drivers tips to protect them
selves from becoming the victim of auto crime.
These volunteers also operate the Stolen Auto Recovery program in
Chilliwack, Agassiz and Hope and they checked approximately 28,900
vehicles in 2013 to look for signs of theft and help identify stolen
vehicles. Last year, volunteers throughout the Lower Mainland helped
recover over 100 stolen vehicles.
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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