Q&A - Speed Reader Boards
Our organization’s main office is located on a high traffic street with a playground across the street and despite sign postings and increased police presence we are still having issues with people speeding up and down this small stretch of the street. I have been in contact with our local RCMP and although they are trying to be helpful they do not have any more suggestions to I thought I could turn to someone who has some experience! I was wondering if you had any ideas of where we could buy/rent a speed board? Would it be effective and helpful? Any ideas or input you have would be most helpful!
Slow Them Down!
For a quick start, you may want to see if your community has a Speed Watch group. Invite them to come and work in front of your building. I'll bet that if you make them feel at home they will come often. I used to really enjoy supporting them with a Two Strikes program when I was working traffic enforcement.
You can buy a commercial board from Mega Tech in Edmonton. There may be other sources as well.
You may also be able to get some support from ICBC's loss prevention person responsible for your area. The RCMP Detachment should know who this is or you can call ICBC's general information line and ask them.
For a long term goal, you may wish to try a traffic calming project.
The signs are extremely effective in slowing people down. They can also log traffic speeds so police can tell if a problem actually exists, and what days/time of day that people are speeding in the area. This helps target enforcement during the critical times of day. ICBC will often loan signs out to communities. You can contact your local ICBC Regional Safety Coordinator to get one.