VANCOUVER, B.C. — B.C. RCMP officers are taking a new approach to improving highway safety, and it may mean fewer speed traps.
The province’s RCMP have found speed traps are not an effective way to reduce traffic fatalities. While they plan to continue using speed traps, they will now focus on high-crash areas.
“I’m telling my officers, if they’re not in a high-crash area and they’re writing speeding tickets, I’m not happy,” RCMP Insp. Norm Gaumont recently told local reporters.
He also said the police will be using a new computer program to determine where they should be focusing their efforts. Police will continue to target impaired drivers, seatbelt violators and aggressive drivers. The change in philosophy may also mean more enforcement efforts targeting commercial vehicle operators.
Recently, RCMP began stopping trucks halfway up the hill on 264th St. in Langley rather than targeting speeders at the bottom of the hill.
“I’ve got no complaints with extra inspections,” truck driver Richard Hartfiel told local media as his truck was inspected. “I’m checked at the scales and when I cross the border. Where I see the problem is in the city, where there are no checks.”
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