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Speed watch targets Vernon school zones

Vernon Speed Watch volunteers.
Image Credit: City of Vernon
March 31, 2016 - 5:30 PM

VERNON - Drivers are being reminded to slow down around Vernon schools.

The Speed Watch Program will be in effect in local school zones starting Friday, April 1 at 7:30 a.m.

“The purpose of the Speed Watch Program is to enhance road safety and educate drivers,” City of Vernon crime prevention coordinator Regan Borisenko says in a media release. 

“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 will use digital speed reader boards and a radar unit in areas where speeding is a major hazard. They will be initially concentrating on school zones now that students are back in class, Borisenko says.

“There will be occasions when our Speed Watch operatives work with the Vernon RCMP members,” Borisenko says. “These two-strike operations may land drivers a ticket should they choose to ignore the RCMP volunteer operation.”

The program is coordinated by the Vernon Community Safety Unit and is operated by RCMP volunteers throughout the Vernon area in support of ICBC and their Road Sense initiative.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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