Project Swoop Results
Prince George, B.C.- Yesterday, Citizens on Patrol, RCMP Volunteers , ICBC and Prince George RCMP conducted a special event aimed at getting people to be aware of their speed on the roadways, and hopefully slow down.
Drivers had at least two reminders to adjust their speed to the limit. There was the posted speed limit, followed by a speedboard manned by volunteers. If drivers failed to slow down for either of those visual prompts, well, just a little further up the road was an RCMP officer with radar, who would deliver the expensive message.
Project Swoop targeted four areas in Prince George yesterday, and clocked just over 1300 vehicles. The good news is, most folks got the message and slowed down after seeing their speed on the speedboard as just 6 violation tickets were issued including one prohibited driver who had their vehicle towed.
“The volunteers noted more than 70 vehicles that were speeding” says Corporal Craig Douglass, who says most can expect a letter in the mail advising them to adjust their behaviour. In spite of the flashing speedboard, nearly 10% just kept their foot on the gas, only to be pulled over by an RCMP officer a little further down the road.
Speed is the number one contributing factor in fatal crashes in B.C.