Mounties have teamed up with Cowichan Community Policing and Engagement Society to enforce speed limits and educate drivers of their actual speeds in the Cowichan Valley. (RCMP handout)

Mounties have teamed up with Cowichan Community Policing and Engagement Society to enforce speed limits and educate drivers of their actual speeds in the Cowichan Valley. (RCMP handout)

Speed enforcement in Cowichan gathering steam

Volunteers, officers watching for speeders

A crackdown on speed is occurring in the Cowichan Valley thanks to a partnership between the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP and the Cowichan Community Policing and Engagement Society (CCP&ES).

Volunteers from the CCP&ES are out on the roads around the region with their speed watch equipment, letting drivers know their real speeds using a radar unit and large electronic display.

Drivers should be particularly mindful in school, playgrounds, and high collision zones as volunteers will be at those places reminding motorists to slow down.

“Speed is a major contributing factor in fatal car crashes in B.C.” said Colleen Woodger, ICBC Road Safety & Community coordinator. “Small changes in speed can make a big difference.”

It’s not just volunteers out keeping an eye out for speeders, it’s the RCMP as well. North Cowichan/Duncan police officers will be looking for speeders and distracted or impaired drivers this summer.

“We really appreciate our partners at ICBC and the volunteers from CCP&ES who work on improving road safety in the community,” said Sergeant Trevor Busch of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP.

Cowichan Community Policing and Engagement Society is a non-profit, charitable society that provides valuable crime prevention and community safety programs.

Volunteers are always welcome.

CCP&ES has three offices in the North Cowichan area, located on #5 2628 Beverly St. in Duncan; 1721E Cowichan Bay Rd. and will soon open a third office in Lower Level 102-9799 Waterwheel Cresc., in Chemainus.

The goal is to have all offices open five days a week, which is why the group is reaching out to the area’s various communities for support through volunteering. All training is provided.

To learn more about CCP&ES or to volunteer to help with their programs please visit ccpesoc.ca or call 250-597-7927 or 732-3591.

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