Police to target speeders using radar-gun-pointing dummies
By John ColebournThe Province
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Vancouver police Thursday announced a new campaign in trying to stop speeding drivers.
At a press conference to launch "Operation Silouette," VPD traffic section Staff Sgt. Ralph Pauw said they are concentrating on speeders along Knight Street.
The campaign features life-size cutout cardboard police officers who will be put along certain sections of the busy Knight Street as a deterrent to speeders.
"Knight Street is our pilot project and it will run for six months," said Pauw.
He said they have seven cardboard cutouts of a police officer holding a radar gun that will be put along strategic sections of Knight Street.
And for drivers who ignore the life-size image, Pauw said a traffic cop may be waiting to pull them over.
"There may be an enforcement office just down the road," he said of the program.
"Our goal is to educate the drivers who continue to speed," he said.
Last year there were 25 car-pedestrian fatalities on Vancouver's streets. So far this year there has been seven fatalities.
Pauw said the speed limit is 50 kilometres an hour along Knight Street, with the average speed of those ticketed along that stretch of road 84 km/h.
Pauw said recently they pulled a driver over for going 115 km/h along Knight.
© The Vancouver Province 2008