ICBC says thanks for being safe
It’s a big pat on the back for volunteers who help keep roads safe in the Kamloops area.
In recognition of National Volunteer Week, ICBC is thanking Kamloops, Logan Lake, Merritt and Chase volunteers for their continued support in making communities safer.
In these communities, approximately 120 volunteers work out of four community policing offices and police detachments to help deliver road safety programs including Speed Watch, Lock Out Auto Crime and the Stolen Auto Recovery program.
“The extraordinary dedication to road safety shown by volunteers and community policing offices is remarkable and truly appreciated,” said Jon Schubert, ICBC’s president and CEO.
Both local MLAs are also grateful for the volunteers work.
“The dedication and hard work of local volunteers has helped in raising awareness about auto crime and how to prevent it,” said Kevin Krueger, Kamloops-South Thompson MLA.
“They are helping to make our communities safer and I want to thank them for that.”
“The work done by volunteers in Kamloops and the North Thompson to help with ICBC’s road safety programs is of great value for our area,” said Terry Lake, Kamloops-North Thompson MLA.
“These volunteers deserve our thanks for all they do to give back to their communities.”
In 2010, Speed Watch volunteers in Kamloops, Merritt and the surrounding area contributed over 750 hours to help reduce speed-related crashes in their communities.
With the support of volunteers, speed-related crashes have steadily decreased in B.C. over the last five years.
Volunteers use radar and speed-reader boards supplied by ICBC to show drivers how fast they’re actually traveling.
Over 70 per cent of drivers traveling 10km/h over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed-reader board.
In 2010, Lock Out Auto Crime volunteers scanned approximately 2,800 licence plates to help identify stolen vehicles in Kamloops, Merritt and the area as part of the Stolen Auto Recovery program.
Each year, volunteers help to recover hundreds of stolen vehicles in B.C.
“These volunteers work tirelessly,” said Ingrid Brakop, local ICBC road safety coordinator.
“Many give up their Friday evenings to go out on a cold, rainy night to try to locate stolen vehicles.
With their support, we’ve seen an astounding 65 per cent decrease in auto crime in B.C. since 2003.”