Feature Story                                                                                                            Sunday, June 15, 2014


Safety's No Accident

Chilliwack Road Safety Day a big hit with families

Staff/Voice photos


Firefighter John van Wijk's daughter tries out dad's job at Road Safety Day. Below, Coun. Jason Lum draws names for prize giveaways at the City of Chilliwack kiosk.


t was a great day to be a kid. There weren't any bouncy castles or water slides, but there were fire trucks, motorcycles and an RCMP river boat to clamber on.

Saturday was Road Safety Day in Chilliwack and Cottonwood Mall hosted a large number of agencies and emergency services in the city.

The day was a chance for police, first responders and companies geared toward road safety to raise awareness, showcase equipment and just have some fun with the kids.


Road Safety Day is hosted by the City of Chilliwack Safer City Program.


The Chilliwack RCMP had a vehicle with 10 infractions, from an obscured new driver tag and illegal licence plate reflective cover, to phones in the hands of dummies inside.


They also featured demonstrations of their 'rollover simulator'. There was also a speed watch reader board and The City of Chilliwack Fire Department also had demonstrations on crushed vehicle extractions.


Kal Tire had a display showing the different types of tire wear. WorkSafe BC, ICBC also had kiosks loaded with information for families.


This was really about teaching kids and giving them hands-on experience.


Some familiar faces in the crowd were Cpl. Len vanNieuwenhuizen, Chilliwack MLA John Martin and city councillor Jason Lum.


CN Rail Police, Commercial Vehicle Safety, BC Ambulance, MADD Canada, Speed Watch, BCAA and the Integrated Road Safety Unit also had displays.


See more photos below.



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