LLOYDMINSTER – There’s a new officer in town and they call him “Constable Scarecrow.”
The City of Lloydminster partnered with Lloydminster RCMP Detachment, for a traffic safety program starting in May.
The “Constable Scarecrow” project originated in Coquitlam, B.C., last year. Since the program began, Coquitlam RCMP reported the number of drivers exceeding the speed limit was reduced by about 50 per cent.
The program includes a full-sized metal cut-out of a uniformed RCMP officer. It will be placed in strategic locations around the city. These new Constables will be visible next to roadways in high traffic and high collision areas.
“We are excited about the collaboration with the City of Lloydminster. This initiative is a positive step to enhance road safety,” said Inspector Lee Brachmann, Lloydminster RCMP Detachment Commander in a press release. “Hopefully we will see a reduction in the number of violations found on the roads.”
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Traffic enforcement is integral to reduce collisions. In 2016, 85 per cent of collisions in Alberta involved at least one driver who committed a driving error.