The ongoing education of drivers assists in calming traffic through driver awareness. Knowing how to drive safely and to obey the traffic laws is another part of speed management and is an activity which does not stop once a driver has passed their driver’s test. The City, RCMP and ICBC all have a part to play in educating drivers. For example, the Speed Watch program, which was developed by ICBC, is one current program which makes drivers aware of how their speed compares to the posted speed limit. RoadSense video tips provide useful information regarding driving techniques and road safety issues.
The City is active in the implementation of traffic calming projects each year, but this is not the only means of reducing vehicle speeds. There are some motorists who routinely choose to drive at higher, inappropriate speeds and enforcement and education are an important means of influencing their behaviour. It is important that motorists take responsibility and with this in mind the City’s Transportation Strategic Plan will be expanding our involvement in road safety education in partnership with other agencies such as the RCMP. Through our joint approaches of engineering and education, we will continue to work on making our streets safe.
Traffic Calming is not always the most effective approach to some traffic problems. Speed Watch is a partnership involving volunteer citizens, police and ICBC, which is designed to help reduce speed-related crashes by raising awareness of the actual speeds drivers are travelling.
Volunteers use portable radar equipment and electronic digital board to monitor speeds in neighbourhoods, particularly school and playground zones. Drivers get immediate feedback on their speed displayed on the reader-board as they pass. Experience has shown that more than 70 per cent of drivers who are traveling 10km/h over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed-reader board.
Speed Watch helps address traffic and speeding problems through:
The Speed Watch mission statement is: "To reduce speeding in neighbourhoods, through an awareness program operated by neighbours, for neighbours."
Please contact your local RCMP community policing (district) office for more information about the Speed Watch Program in Surrey.