TIM SMITH/BRANDON SUN
Debbie English, Ralph Warman and Art Gauthier with the Citizens on Patrol Program monitor motorists speeds along Richmond Avenue at 22nd Street as part of the MPI SpeedWatch campaign as school lets out for the day on Tuesday.
A total of 19 groups in 14 Manitoba communities used automatic display boards yesterday — called SpeedWatch — to check drivers’ speeds and to provide a visual reminder for them to slow down.
The initiative was a partnership between community groups across the province and Manitoba Public Insurance.
"SpeedWatch is designed to prompt change in the behaviour of drivers who speed," said MaryAnn Kempe, a community relations vice-president with Manitoba Public Insurance. "That’s why we’re so pleased to be partnering with community groups from every corner of the province to send a message to motorists that they can arrive at their destinations safely by slowing down and following the speed limit."
Last week was School Bus Safety Week in Manitoba and Kempe notes the SpeedWatch program places a strong emphasis on school zone safety.
SpeedWatch display boards have monitored more than 77,000 vehicles in Manitoba so far this year, with nearly 40 per cent of them found to be speeding. In 2011, 37 deaths and 516 injuries on Manitoba roadways were directly attributed to speeding drivers.
The Brandon and Neepawa chapters of the Citizens on Patrol Program are among the groups participating.
Community groups wishing to borrow a speed reader board can contact Manitoba Public Insurance at 204-985-1619 or 204-985-8778.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 30, 2013