Slowing down motorists

West Kelowna, working with ICBC, to install new speed reader boards at two locations.

The District of West Kelowna is furthering its efforts to slow down speeding motorists.

On Aug. 26, West Kelowna council passed a resolution directing staff to purchase two speed reader boards and work with ICBC to identify the most appropriate locations to place the two signs.

The first new speed reader board will be placed at the intersection of Webber and Glenrosa Roads.

The second will be placed at the intersection of Butt Road and Old Okanagan Highway.

“Since the District of West Kelowna incorporated, the municipality has received complaints about dangerous driving and near misses at these locations,” said Mayor Doug Findlater.

“The reader boards will record vehicle speeds and instantly display them to motorists, reminding drivers to slow down as they approach the two busy intersections.”

After the speed display signage is installed, the municipality will work with West Kelowna RCMP to reinforce traffic laws using radar, just down the road from the reader boards, to further improve safety.

ICBC funded half the cost of the speed display signs and provided the municipality with traffic data to help identify the best locations to place the boards.

Each speed reader board is valued at more than $6,000, which includes the cost of the solar power system and the data logging equipment.

According to Findlater, the signs will improve safety at the two intersections.

“We’re doing what we can to remind motorists to slow down and be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and other motorists,” Findlater said.

“We’re also currently working on a Master Transportation Plan, which will include recommendations for other road improvements over the next several years.”