Tri-Cities Speed Watch
Tri-Cities Speed Watch is a partnership between the Coquitlam RCMP, Port Moody Police, ICBC and the local communities that promote road safety.
How does Speed Watch work?
- Using portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers record speeds in areas such as: school and playground zones, high crash zones and high complaint areas.
- Letters are sent to the registered owners of vehicles that are recorded going 20 km/hr (or more) over the posted speed limit.
- Data collected is forwarded to the police and ICBC. The Coquitlam RCMP uses this data to help determine areas for future speed-related enforcement.
Does Speed Watch help?
Research shows that Speed Watch does work. Over 70 percent of drivers travelling more than 10km/h over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed reader board.
Speeding is involved in 94 deaths every year and is the leading cause of crash fatalities in B.C. The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop – and the more dangerous a crash can be.
You need time to see and react before your brakes take effect and slow down. In ideal conditions, it takes 18 metres when driving 30 km/h to come to a complete stop, 76 metres, when driving at 80 km/h and 126 metres when travelling at 110 km/hr.
Want to volunteer with Tri-Cities Speed Watch?
You must be:
- Hold an unrestricted class 5 BC driver’s license
- Commit to a minimum of a one year term
- Commit to a monthly four hour shift
- Attend all meetings and training sessions scheduled throughout the year
- Pass an RCMP security screening and a suitability interview
- Applicants under 19 yrs old must fill out and submit RCMP form 5272 with their application.
- Applications are available at Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam Community Police Stations and the Coquitlam RCMP main detachment.
- Request a Volunteer Application form by email.
- Applications must be submitted in person.
- Please bring a piece of government-issued identification when submitting your application.
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