Campbell River Citizens on Patrol reminding drivers to be extra attentive

Drivers sometimes become complacent during the summer months and develop bad driving habits: Inspector

With children likely to return to school next week, Campbell River Citizens on Patrol is reminding drivers to refocus, particularly as it relates to driving with care in school zones.

“We all want our children to be safe from harm,” said RCMP Inspector Jeff Preston.

He added that drivers sometimes become complacent during the summer months and develop bad driving habits.

“With children returning to school it becomes extremely important to adhere to posted speed limits, coming to full stops at intersections, remembering that pedestrians have priority at crosswalks, remaining alert and watchful,” Preston said.

Campbell River Citizens on Patrol assist the RCMP in Speed Watch and Cell Watch activities. Their involvement enhances public safety awareness and raises drivers’ awareness by presenting a visual display of their respective speeds.

According to the group, reading the display board acts as reinforcement for drivers who adhere to posted speed limits and can also act as a wake-up call for drivers who exceed the speed limit.

Motorists talking on their cell phones while driving are also reminded that doing so is not only unlawful but contributes significantly to pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents.

Campbell River Citizens on Patrol Speed Watch members will be focusing their efforts on school zones over the next few weeks. When you see them set up, and are passing by, why not give them a wave or a thumbs up for their dedication and commitment to public safety?

Anyone interested in joining Campbell River Citizens on Patrol is encouraged to contact President Dave Jackson at (250) 923-8362 or call your local RCMP Detachment at (250) 286-6221.