To raise awareness and reduce the number of speed related crashes, community- based volunteer groups began implementing the Speed Watch program in B.C. in the early 1990’s.
Volunteers use portable radar equipment and an electronic digital reader-board to monitor speeds in neighbourhoods, particularly school and playground zones. Drivers get instant feedback on their speed, which is displayed on the reader-board as they pass. Experience has shown that more than 70% of drivers who are traveling 10 km/h over the speed limit will slow down when they see a speed reader-board.