Wednesday, April 2, 2014

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ICBC thanks Chilliwack Speedwatch volunteers

Released by ICBC/Voice file photos

 

n 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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