Hurry up and slow down

March 04, 2004, vol. 29, no. 5
By Julie Ovenell-Carter



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SFU director of security Nick Coutu has a message for campus speed demons: hurry up and slow down.

Beginning in March, lead-footed drivers will run the risk of stiff fines when Burnaby RCMP launch a radar enforcement program on Burnaby Mountain.

Coutu says the move is necessary to rein in the 45 per cent of drivers who consistently exceed the speed limits on campus, and on the roads approaching campus.

“Over the last several years, we've tried to raise drivers' awareness of their speed through our speed watch campaign,” says Coutu. “We posted driving speeds on a display board, and recorded licence plates of those who were speeding. We hoped that by sending warning letters to the excessive speeders we might see a change in driving habits. In fact, although we've seen a small reduction in speeding overall, there has actually been an increase in the number of drivers who are going more than 20 km/h over the limit. We thought it was time to put some teeth in our awareness program, so we've invited the RCMP to bring their radar up the hill.”

The minimum fine for speeding is $109, but the penalty rises with the number of kilometres over the speed limit.

The posted speed limit is 60 km/h on Gaglardi Way, and 50 km/h on campus, except in pedestrian zones, where it is 30 km/h.

“We really don't want to have to hit people with a hammer,” says Coutu, “but we've got to ensure the safety of our community. There are so many turns, corners, and limited sight lines up here, and bad weather can add a whole other risk factor. In the eight years I've been here, there have been four speed-related deaths. Speed kills. It has to stop.”

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