Police vest. (Angie Mindus photo)

Vanderhoof RCMP urging residents to follow speed limits in the district

Staff Sgt. Laurie Clarkson said the detachment has received multiple calls for speeding

Vanderhoof RCMP would like to remind residents about the different speed limits across town.

“Vanderhoof detachment has received reports of an increase in speeding in areas around the district,” Staff Sgt. Laurie Clarkson told the Express.

Clarkson said she would like to remind drivers that with the beautiful weather and summer holidays, there are more people walking and riding their bikes, particularly children.

“Drivers are being urged to remain vigilant for pedestrian and bike riders, and follow the 50 km/h speed limit in town, and 30 km/h limit in front of schools,” she said.

Clarkson is urging community members to also be mindful of safety when they are out on the water, “to not mix alcohol and boating, or water leisure events, and wear personal flotation device.”

Meanwhile, during a July 13 regular public meeting of council, Ashley Kuznak Raby, resident of Vanderhoof made a request to council to consider reducing speed limits to 30 km/h for residential areas including Victoria Street East from Recreation Avenue to Waterview Avenue, Riverview Drive, Peach Lane and Sandy Beach Road.

“With regards to pedestrian safety, this residential area is extremely popular route for all pedestrians, but more importantly, vulnerable pedestrians such as children,” Raby wrote in a June 29 letter to Vanderhoof Mayor and Council.

She said students who attend or are dropped off by bus at NVSS or W.L. McLeod are required to walk home of they live in the Victoria Street or Riverview Avenue residential area.

“Heading east on Victoria St, past Recreation Ave, there is no dedicated sidewalk for pedestrians, nor is there a crosswalk to safely cross the street,” Raby wrote in the letter.

She has requested council for a reduced speed limit to 30 km/h, reduced speed limit signs, a 4-way stop at the junction of Recreation Avenue and Victoria Street, a crosswalk across the 4-way stop from Community Event Centre across to View street, Children Playing road signs and temporary speed bumps.

READ MORE: Vanderhoof man arrested for speeding and fleeing from police

Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express


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