RCMP: Nearly half of all motorists speed through Whycocomagh
INVERNESS — Apparently motorists are in quite the hurry to make their way through Whycocomagh.
That’s the assumption based on data collected by a speed sentry radar sign and released by the Inverness RCMP.
It showed 47.9 per cent of the vehicles — 11,829 out of 24,697 — that passed through Whycocomagh between Dec. 9 and Jan. 4 were travelling in excess of the posted 70 km/h speed limit.
“I was surprised that it was that high,” said Const. Brad Anderson of the Inverness RCMP.
“Bearing in mind some of those are within 10 km/h of the speed limit, but even so almost half of the motorists are in excess of the posted limit.”
The sentry was a co-operative effort of the Department of Transportation, the RCMP and the Whycocomagh Development Commission.
“I think the community has felt for a long time that people don’t pay the necessary attention they should to the 70 km/h zone. It almost always comes up as one of their biggest concerns in the community, particularly large trucks travelling though.”
The sentry monitoring zone extends from the Whycocomagh Provincial Park, along Highway 105 to the west of the Waycobah First Nation.
The area is home to a number of homes and local businesses and sees frequent pedestrian traffic.
Activated through an internal radar, the sign measures and records the speed, time of day and counts the number of vehicles that pass the sign.
Drivers could not see their speeds during the initial monitoring period. However, they have been able to see how fast they are going for the past three weeks while RCMP compile a before-and-after comparison.
The hope is that the displayed speed will reduce the number of traffic violations.