Delta Police conduct traffic blitz
As the weather warms up, Delta drivers are being reminded to exercise caution on the roads.
Delta traffic police and volunteers took to the streets Tuesday (May 1) and Wednesday (May 2) as part of a high-risk driving initiative, developed in partnership with ICBC, designed to cut down on preventable accidents.
“We see vulnerable road users out and about, which are pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycle riders,” said Delta Police spokesperson Const. Ciaran Feenan. “As we move into the spring and into the summer, it’s just a reminder to people to slow down, to think about their driving habits, and if they’re engaging in risky behaviour, to try and curtail that.”
Feenan said the overall strategy of the two-day traffic blitz is built around education, prevention, awareness and enforcement.
Volunteers from the Tsawwassen, Ladner and North Delta Community Police Station (CoPS) offices set up speed boards in and around known problem areas. That visible warning was coupled with the Delta Police traffic enforcement team, who used radar and handed out tickets. In addition to speed, police also cracked down on other risky driving habits such as unsafe lane changes and unsafe following.
“We’re looking at school zone safety, intersection safety,” said Feenan. “We know that 60 per cent of collisions that occur in British Columbia occur in intersections, and that has to do with awareness around traffic signals, traffic controlled devices, red lights, yellow lights.”
Despite a visible police presence, Feenan said officers were still seeing some dangerous driving. On Tuesday morning, radar caught two vehicles travelling 83 kms in a 50 km zone.