Police teaming up with speedwatch volunteers for Thursday's crackdown

Three strikes and you're out.

It's a simple tactic North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP along with a number of other local organizations are teaming together to enforce Thursday.

Failing to yield may seem harmless, but it’s a high-risk driving behaviour that leads to crashes, said Cowichan Valley ICBC road safety coordinator Kate Woochuk. Every day there are many situations where you need to yield to another vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist, so slow down and think about it. Don’t underestimate the time and space required to proceed safely.

If you do, you might get nailed.

Thursday's Three Strike event will utilize a speed reader board placed beyond the speed limit sign ensuring drivers are well aware of the limit.

If you fail to slow down, you'll likely get acquainted with a police officer with a ticket book in hand.

"These officers will also have the use of scopes to determine if your driving habits include other infractions," stated a media release. "This is not just about speed, it is about public engagement and education."

The focus of the event is to target high-risk driving behaviours, and keep roads safer for all users.

"By driving defensively, slowing down, maintaining your distance, and being aware of other users such as motorcyclists, pedestrians or cyclists, you will have a greater chance of arriving safely and without incident," stated a media release.

The event is part of a province-wide campaign and in Cowichan is a tag team effort by local RCMP, the Municipal Traffic Services, South Island Traffic Services, Community Policing Volunteers with the Speedwatch Program, ICBC, and the Auxiliary Constable Program.

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