Drawings from elementary school students are meant to give speeders pause as to what is really at stake. The drawings are part of the Think of Me program being implemented by the Oak Bay Police. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Think of Me program shows speeders what’s at stake

Oak Bay Police hand out elementary school students’ drawings with warnings and tickets to speeders

Drivers may face a fine, or a more poignant reminder to slow down and pay attention on Oak Bay roads this week.

The Oak Bay Police Department is adapting Think of Me program, started by the RCMP, where officers ask elementary students to draw pictures of how they perceive driving can be hazardous to them as students.

Police officers then hand out the drawings to speeding drivers alongside either a warning or a ticket.

Const. Markus Lueder, Oak Bay’s school liaison officer, pulled drivers over in the École Willows Elementary school zone this afternoon.

“We as police officers, hand these drawings out just to remind drivers that slowing down in the school zone is not for us as police officers,” says Lueder. “We encourage people to slow down because there are students going to school, and if they had struck a child, all the sorries in the world would not repair the damage.”

There were 25 collisions reported between October 2015 and October 2017 in the area from Foul Bay Road and Cadboro Bay Road to the 2700 block of Cadboro Bay Road (the Thompson Avenue area), says Lueder. “Personally I think that is quite hefty.”

The Think of Me approach is designed to raise awareness and add a human consequence to speeding in school zones.

keri.coles@oakbaynews.com

Just Posted

MLA Adam Olsen calls for ‘substantial’ changes in provincial economy

Green Party MLA also criticizes gap between government rhetoric and actions

500 pounds of turkey served at Cool Aid community Christmas dinner

Annual dinner serves hundreds of community members

VIDEO: Annual Tuba Christmas concert draws large crowd to Market Square

Over 100 tuba and euphonium players gathered to play festive tunes

Revisit Christmas past as Point Ellice House displays Victorian-era traditions

Antique bobbles, cards, decor and more are on display

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Internationally recognized Canadian Brass performing with Victoria Symphony on Dec. 21

VIDEO: Success of wildlife corridors in Banff National Park has advocates wanting more

Demand for more highway protection escalated after seven elk were killed by a semi-trailer near Canmore

Sharks beat Canucks 4-2 to snap 6-game skid

Vancouver visits Vegas on Sunday

Fans sing Canadian anthem after sound system breaks at BMW IBSF World Cup

The Canadians in attendance made sure their team and flag were honoured on the podium

VIDEO: Fire destroys Big White Ski Resort chalet

Social media eulogies peg the property, nicknamed “The Pharamacy,” as both loved and hated

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Most Read