Highlights – Making BC roadways safer


2020-01-13 17:30 PST

Road safety including concerns about impaired driving by drugs or alcohol, distracted driving, speeding and motor vehicle collisions is a top priority for the BC RCMP. Officers are committed to conducting through investigations to take impaired drivers off the road as well as reducing fatal motor collisions which may be caused by distracted driving or excessive speeding.

Image of RCMP crest with text <q>2019 Year in Review</q>

With ever-changing technology and modernized laws, it allows us to ensure everyone who shares the roadways is safe. Here are some road safety highlights from 2019:

Kelowna RCMP assigns Cst Warren Ning to several local school zones. On the heels of a successful traffic calming campaign in the lower mainland of British Columbia, dubbed ‘Constable Scarecrow,’ Kelowna RCMP in the provinces interior have launched a like minded campaign aimed at slowing down drivers in school zones.

The Fake McCoy joins North Van's Traffic Section. The fake McCoy worked his first shift on Delbrook Avenue, where police and neighbours noticed an immediate reduction in speeding infractions. In coming days, you may see him set up around the City and District, targeting those areas where there have been the most problems with speeders.

Surrey RCMP is deploying their newest recruits city-wide in an effort to target dangerous driving… and they’re reminding motorists to ‘cut-out’ their unsafe driving habits! These ‘Mountie Cut-Outs’ will be set up at intersections and roadways around the city that have been identified as high-risk for collisions and unsafe driving behaviours. Their mission: to maintain an overt presence and remind drivers to follow the rules of the road.

Successful Traffic Enforcement Project nets 150 drivers in two weeks. successful traffic enforcement project of the Sidaway Rd corridor recently completed by the Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit has netted 150 drivers over a period of two weeks. This project was initiated in response to numerous requests from the public to address the speeding in the area.

New tool helps Kelowna RCMP target speeders. Kelowna RCMP is using a new tool to target speeders. The Black Cat Radar unit is proving so effective in other communities that a second unit is being ordered for Kelowna. The Black Cat is an automated, highly-portable system that detects a vehicle’s size, speed, lane position, and direction and gathers data around the clock on every vehicle that passes for up to a week.

The Alexa’s Bus program is the first of its kind in British Columbia and is one of several Traffic Services programs managed by the province’s Integrated Road Safety Unit. Alexa’s Bus is a fully contained police detachment on wheels that deploys to events throughout the province and has four important purposes: enforcement, education, awareness and to be used a mobile command post.

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