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B.C. forms road safety unit in Fraser Valley

LANGLEY, B.C. -- B.C. has formed a road safety unit in an effort to make Fraser Valley roads safer, Solicitor Gener...


LANGLEY, B.C. — B.C. has formed a road safety unit in an effort to make Fraser Valley roads safer, Solicitor General John Les has announced.

“We want to make roads safer across the province, and this new unit will help police to get impaired and aggressive drivers, street racers and other dangerous drivers off the road,” said Les. “We’re going after the kind of drivers who threaten public safety.”

The unit will consist of 20 dedicated traffic safety officers including 15 RCMP officers and five from the Abbotsford and Delta municipal detachments.

“This is a big step forward for road safety in the Fraser Valley,” said RCMP Inspector Norm Gaumont, the officer in charge of “E” Division traffic services. “It represents a co-ordinated approach with a dedicated enforcement team so individual police detachments can concentrate on other areas of crime prevention.”

About 400 people are killed and 30,000 injured each year on B.C. highways. The $3.1 million price tag on the unit will be covered by government and the Insurance Corp. of B.C.


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