15 Speedwatch volunteers, from West Kelowna and Peachland, and four RCMP Central Okanagan Traffic Services members teamed up on Thursday morning to conduct a speed enforcement initiative in Peachland.
Four Speedwatch teams set up in four different areas in and around Peachland with their familiar marked vehicles and radar speed reader boards.
The four RCMP members set up a little further down the road with laser speed readers to catch motorists who either ignored the Speedwatch teams, or sped up after passing by at posted speeds. In a one and a half hour period, 13 tickets for speeding were served. A 12 hour driving suspension was also given as was a Notice and Order for a defective vehicle. Tickets for Drive contrary to Restriction and driving through a Yellow light at Intersection were also written.
The Speedwatch Program is an effective tool that benefits Police, and the Public, not only by providing a physical roadside presence, but also by gathering useful traffic data that assists Police in targeting specific problem areas. The purpose of their efforts. like those of the Police, is to increase Road safety by changing driving attitudes and behaviors.
There are many drivers, on interior roadways, whose apathy and disregard for other road users poses the greatest threat to Public safety, and is reflected in the multiple Police contacts recorded in their driving histories. 7
Through ongoing Traffic Enforcement Projects it is the RCMP’s goal to change these behaviors with consequences applied through the Motor Vehicle Act, thereby reducing the collisions that can result in injury or death.