A couple of hours were dedicated to a Speed Watch blitz on Thursday afternoon in East Maple Ridge.
The Two-Strike Program has Speed Watch volunteers use radar and speed-reader boards to show drivers how fast theyre actually traveling. But the second part is the RCMP who snag the drivers who speed up again after they are out of eyesight of Speed Watch.
Peter Sargent is one of the many volunteers who are out in bright yellow vests reminding people to slow down.
We try to be very visible, he told The TIMES from his roadside spot at the 24300 block of Lougheed Highway.
We can record a plate number, make of the vehicle, colour, time of day, and send a letter to those people as a warning, Sargent said.
The Mounties write the real tickets, he added about the two policemen on motorcycles sitting around the corner at 240th Street and Lougheed Highway.
The equipment also helps the volunteers monitor drivers speeds throughout the community including school and playground zones.
Like earlier on Thursday morning when the volunteers set up at Telosky Hill in the 23400 block of Lougheed Highway. They recorded 121 speeders from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.
They were all going between 70 and 94 km/h in a 50 zone, said Lou Nerada. Seventy-two of them were going westbound, she added.
We usually are in school zones. Its harder for us here [on Lougheed Highway], especially to read the Olympic plates, said Anita Magel.
Speed Watch volunteers in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows gave more than 1,600 hours to help reduce speed-related crashes in 2012, according to ICBCs road-safety coordinator Kate Woochuk.
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