Road Watch 2011 Click to edit Master subtitle style
Click to edit Master title sPresentation ‘s Objective Share some key aspects of the “Road Watch” volunteer program Share some accomplishments and results Thank the Citizens of Pickering/Ajax, Pickering and Ajax Mayor andCouncil as well as Durham Regional Police Services for their incrediblesupport !
Click to edit Master title sOur Mandate ….. …To reduce automotive collisions and fatalities throughawareness, education and enforcement of road safety...
Click to edit Master title styleHow a “Speed Board” is triggered Public Chief Of Police or Police Municipal City/Town Mayor or City Councilors Any Committee Member
Click to edit Master title style How violations are reported Public reporting of road violations Hard copy forms placed throughout the region in public places or stores (together with road watch drop off boxes for completed hard copy forms) Committee members check & empty boxes on a regular basis Quick and easy form available on-line via the Internet – directly to Police Officer for the region Road Watch via Speed boards Twice a month on average – except for the winter Record information of anyone speeding over 15 km over and review & send to police (make, color, license plate, date and time) On occasion, we also ADD Police with Radar, after our speed board display handing out speeding tickets
Click to edit Master title styleHow violations are handled (public complaint or road watch pure volunteer program) Confidentially by a designated Police Officer for the municipality Check run through the Police Database comparing car make/model/color and address Check through the database for previous violations reported through the Road Watch overall program Determination of action (by the Police) to be taken next (letter, phone call or visit) Verification of all information by an Inspector Validation of action to be taken
Click to edit Master title style Pickering & Ajax our results (last 6 years 2005 – 2010) Total number of speed boards 110 Total number of letters mailed by DRPS 3,037 Total number of 2nd offenders 57 Total number of 3rd offenders 09 Besides speeding DRPS/Road Watch handled Drive in Careless Manner Disobey Stop sign Disobey Red Light Follow too Close Unsafe Lane Change Tailgating Road rage Fail to stop for School Bus Year over year we are seeing a positive trend !
Click to edit Master title styleRoad Watch - About UsOur Website – Is also part of the Durham Regional Police Services Website www.ajaxpickeringroadwatch.com Standing Committee Executive all volunteer members with elections Formal monthly meeting with minutes (except for August of each year) Volunteers, Pickering and Ajax town reps, Durham Regional Police Liaison Officer, some Council members as required support from town and various corporations $$ Display booths at malls, advertising in local papers, attendance at parades and other town or city events Street signs throughout the Durham region indicating road watch program with our logo Road watch decals on Police Cruisers, City Buses and Fire Trucks “own” our own equipment (2 speed boards plus a radar gun, Jackets/Vests) We
Click to edit Master title styleOur Challenges Overall Hard to gauge our contribution to the overall positive trend we are seeing Vast majority of People are very supportive, but always want more done (e.g. traffic calming) and want us to attend more frequently Large area and many streets to cover Rumor in some circles that people “speed up” just to trigger off the speed board (is just not true based on our experience) Road Watch Volunteer ProgramDon’t have a “follow up/reply” process in place for those that sent in a complaintDon’t have a “follow up/reply” process in place for the street(s) we covered with a speed board with the residents of that street Public Complaint ProgramUse on-line complaint form more often and correctly record key information
Click to edit Master title styleOur Successes: Overall Have contributed in slowing traffic down and improving overall traffic safety Public Complaint Program Increase year over year in registered complaints through on-line reporting The Manitoba Government Insurance recognized us and invited us to speak at their conference and paid our expenses ! Road Watch Volunteer Program Municipal offer of a rotating speed board for neighborhoods is now available. Ajax/Pickering has become “the poster child” for new road watch type programs Volunteers/Police/Town/City Reps are dedicated and have sustained the program Opportunity for People to provide on-the-fly feedback in their neighborhood directly
Click to edit Master title styleFuture Continue to focus on our mandate via boots on the street speed boards Looking to have a winter speed board initiative Participate in a school guard crossing program Opportunities for safety synergy with M.A.D.D and Durham Health/DRPS Baby Car Seat Inspections Opportunity to perform “traffic assessments” at intersections and report results to Durham Police for follow up and action Learn from other similar programs/organizations and apply best practices to our program
Click to edit Master title styleSecrets to Our Success.. Dedicated and Passionate Committee Members Solid Support (Mayor and Individual City Council members every single year and at every opportunity) Solid Support (Durham Regional Police – Equipment, Police Resources and Officers) Community involvement and participation Real opportunity to make a difference Meet socially & have some fun when we can !