Speed Watch is a partnership program between the police and ICBC. It is an educational program aimed at reducing incidents of speeding. Speed Watch helps address traffic and speeding problems through:
- public and community awareness
- neighbourhood action
- gathering speed-related data
- police awareness
In Vancouver, Community Policing Centres operate the Speed Watch program to raise public awareness of the actual speeds at which drivers are travelling. Using portable radar equipment and an electronic digital board, volunteers monitor traffic in neighbourhoods, particularly school and playground zones, and document the rates of speed at which drivers are travelling. As the drivers pass through the Speed Watch set-up they also get the instant readout of their speed, displayed on a “reader board”, and they are able to compare their actual rate of speed to the posted speed limit. Volunteers can pass information about problem speeding locations to the NPO and VPD Traffic Unit.