An RCMP officer and a SpeedWatch volunteer set up their new camera to catch heavy-footed drivers. The larger display comes courtesy of ICBC.

Speeders being clocked

Ladysmith SpeedWatch get new board

  • Jul. 19, 2011 5:00 a.m.

If you’re not watching your speed, Ladysmith SpeedWatch is watching you.

 

The arm of Citizens on Patrol has just been given a new board, courtesy of ICBC, to show motorists how fast they are going.

 

This one, says Gus, one of the SpeedWatchers, is larger to remind ‘Visually Impaired’ motorists of their speed.

 

Unlike some speed boards around B.C., the Ladysmith SpeedWatch tag can come with penalties including a ticket if an RCMP officer is on scene.

 

This board is able to pick up the fastest driver and stays with them, said Gus.

 

SpeedWatch works with the RCMP to identify spots where there are a lot of speeding complaints, said Gus. They often stake out Chemainus Road and the highway near the airport.

 

“We can only help those that can be helped,” said Gus, noting the large sign does encourage some drivers to slow down.

 

There are a select few, he added, who don’t learn the lesson.

 

During a recent one-hour speed watch along the highway near the airport at total of 578 cars were recorded in the 80 km/h zone. Of the vehicles tagged, 464 were driving the speed limit or under, 58 were driving 81 km/h to 90 km/h, 40 were caught driving between 91-100km/h and eight were caught doing more than 101 km/h. The fastest speed in that hour was 107 km/h.

 

SpeedWatch also attends high-collision areas as requested by ICBC. In Ladysmith, the intersection at the Trans-Canada Highway and Davis Road South is considered a high-collision area.

Just Posted

Lavigne possesses crooner qualities, to be Frank

Island tour starts this week and concludes in Chemainus with two shows May 11

Art studio takes over former St. Joseph’s School space in Chemainus

Public invited to a grand opening on May 1 to see what’s transpired

First Nanaimo-Ladysmith all-candidates’ meeting is tomorrow

Six candidates expected to debate issues Thursday, April 25, at the Beban Park social centre

Ladysmith author explores community as The Moon Watched It All

Shelley A. Leedahl releasing her latest work, an illustrated tale for all ages

What do you want to see done with Ladysmith’s old train station?

Island Corridor Foundation meets with community to discuss the future of the Railway Station

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Woman who was chased and tackled after break-in sentenced on Vancouver Island

Natasha Geraldine Harris, 28, was sentenced to time served and will be released from jail

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Most Read