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Posted: December 5, 2018

Fernie Speed Watch makes a difference

The Fernie Speed Watch Program is a joint effort between volunteer members (up to 12) from the Fernie community, the City of Fernie, ICBC and Cst. Annie Larose of Elk Valley RCMP.

The main objective of the program is to ensure communities are the safest they can be and one way to invest in road safety is Speed Watch.

The Speed Watch Program operates by using a portable speed radar equipment and big flashing boards that give you instant feedback on how fast you have been driving. Police often work in conjunction with Speed Watch and ticket speeders.

On October 31, Fernie Speed Watch was out and within one hour, 216 vehicles were clocked in a busy residential area. Over 10% of the drivers were travelling above the posted speed limit.

Those volunteers participating that day noticed the drivers had slowed down greatly when they saw their speed displayed on the board and slowed even more, when children were seen walking along the sidewalk.

Fernie Speed Watch anticipates being out in the New Year. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, or have questions, concerns or suggestions, please contact [email protected]

Cst. Debra Katerenchuk,

Elk Valley RCMP

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