RCMP to Target High Risk Intersections
Sgt. Matt LaBelle says Traffic Unit will be out in force- 250News
Prince George, B.C.- Drivers in Prince George take note, the Prince George RCMP Traffic Unit is going to be on the look out for high risk behaviours at the intersections in the City which have the highest crash stats.ICBC’s most recent statistics are from 2013, but RCMP Sergeant Matt LaBelle says the local detachment’s own, more recent data, mirrors those numbers from three years ago.
The intersection of Domano Boulevard and Highway 16 had 41 crashes in 2013, making it the number one location for collisions in Prince George. But when data from all years is combined, the top ten worst intersections in Prince George roll out like this:
- Domano/Hwy 16
- Highway 97/Central Street at 15th Ave
- Ferry Avenue and Hwy 16
- Highway 16 and 97
- 15th Avenue, ,Patricia Boulevard/ Victoria Street
- 20th and Victoria Street
- Konrath road/Westgate Road/ Hwy 16
- 15th and Ospika
- Massey Drive at 17th/20th and Carney
- Cowart/Vance Roads and Hwy 16
“These intersections represent 21% of our total collisions and 21% of our casualty or injuries” says Sgt. LaBelle “We believe these intersections are still our top ten locations for a high frequency of collisions.”.
RCMP will not necessarily be stationed at the high risk intersections, but will patrol the corridors leading to the hot spots. Officers will be looking for the top contributing factors which contribute to crashes including:
- impaired driving,
- distracted driving,
- speeding and
- intersection related violations.
Also, in an effort to reduce injuries, will also be watching to make sure people are obeying the rules and using seat belts.
That’s not to say officers won’t be looking for violations in other locations in the City, but their focus will be on the areas noted.
“We can’t be everywhere at once, so we are also relying on the citizens of this community to help us out with this” says Sgt. LaBelle, “We’re asking that if they see a dangerous or impaired driver, to pull over and call us at 9-1-1. If they see a traffic violation they want to report, to call our administrative line (250-561-3300) and under the Motor Vehicle Act, we can issue the registered owner of that vehicle with a violation and all we need is a written statement and the willingness to go to court, obviously a description of what occurred.”.
The focus on collision hot spots in the community fits into the overall Prince George Detachment’s efforts to focus its enforcement, whether it be on criminal activity or traffic, to those people and areas which are considered “prolific”.
Sgt. LaBelle says the bottom line is simple, “The Traffic Services Section is committed to reducing the number of collisions at our high frequency locations in the City.”