RCMP: Nearly half of all mo­torists speed through Why­co­co­magh

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY GREG MCNEIL CAPE BRE­TON POST gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

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.

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