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Parents becoming Pace Car drivers on 'race track'
Many a Happy Valley elementary parent will become a 'rolling speed bump' in hopes of slowing down commuters.
Langford Fire Rescue, West Shore RCMP, City of Langford and Langford bylaw are working together, with parents acting as 'Pace Cars' to make the Happy Valley Road school zone safer.
"These cars can act as a rolling speed bump," said Kerry Zado, deputy chief of Langford Fire Rescue. "Happy Valley school is on what I consider a race track. Most people don't slow down until they even see the school."
Parents long expressed concern about speeding drivers along the busy road.
"I sit here every day and see at least six to eight cars speeding," said parent Bud Hobbs.
The Pace Car drivers sign a pledge that they will drive the speed limit through the school zone in hopes of encouraging other drivers to do the same.
"I think it's a great idea and muchly needed," said Happy Valley parent, Julie Barr. "I've even seen cars zoom right through the crosswalk. It's unfortunate, but I see it everyday."
The program has operated in Langford for three years and another Pace Car program is under consideration for a second school in the spring, said Zado.
"We are hoping this will spill over to all the other fire departments," said Zado.
He'd like to see it offered in all municipalities in the Sooke School District.
Last year the project launched at Lakewood elementary where, Zado said, Pace Cars slowed traffic in the area up to 40 per cent.
"We support anything that promotes traffic safer," said Cpl. Kathy Rochlitz, West Shore RCMP. "A lot of people are rushing to places and they are not giving themselves enough time to get where they are going safely."