Port Alberni Speed Watch Program

Port Alberni Speed Watch Program

Speedwatch VolunteersSpeed Watch is a partnership of volunteer citizens, Port Alberni R.C.M.P. and ICBC.  It is designed to help reduce speed-related crashes by raising public awareness of the actual speeds drivers are travelling.

Volunteers use portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board to monitor speeds in neighborhoods, particularly school, playground zones, and high crash areas.  Drivers get instant 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:

  • creating public awareness about road safety
  • community action to address speed-related problems
  • the collection of speed - related data
  • assisting police to determine speed problem locations 

Points to Ponder 

Unsafe speed means more than exceeding the posted limit. It may be translated into following too closely, failing to yield and driving too fast for conditions (weather, traffic flow, time of day, etc.) Car accident from excessive speed

The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop. It takes 13 metres to come to a complete stop when driving 30 km/h (on a dry, paved surface) but more than double that distance, 27 metres, when driving at 50 km/h. At 120 km.h, a vehicle will travel the length of a football field before stopping completely. 

As speed increases, so does centrifugal force. Thus, at high speeds, safely negotiating curves becomes increasingly difficult. The faster you go, the harder you hit. Crashes involve intense forces as the energy of speed is released upon impact. The human body is a fragile structure which can sustain catastrophic damage when subjected to these forces. 

 If you are interested in serving your community through the SpeedWatch program, please fill out an application form and take it to the RCMP detachment located at 4444 Morton Street Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 4M8 

         For more information about Port Alberni Speed Watch, please contact the RCMP detachment at 250-723-2424