Police continue increased traffic enforcement with safety initiatives

Coquitlam, Public Alert

2023-04-04 11:35 PDT

Coquitlam RCMP conducted 1411 violation contacts during the month of February.

Coquitlam RCMP’s Traffic Team continue their road safety initiatives using High Accident Zone Enforcement (HAZE) and High Visibility Enforcement (HVE). HVE is a universal traffic safety approach designed to create deterrence and change unlawful traffic behaviours. The focused areas are specifically targeted to reduce harm.

See previous media release from January 19, 2023 for more information

See previous media release from February 21, 2023 for more information

Police stop an excessive speeder travelling 131 km/hr in 70 km/hr zone on the Mary Hill Bypass near Broadway Street in Port Coquitlam

View larger image - Police stop an excessive speeder travelling 131 km/hr in 70 km/hr zone on the Mary Hill Bypass near Broadway Street in Port Coquitlam

Coquitlam RCMP’s Traffic Enforcement Team issued 334 HAZE violation tickets in February which includes 62 within Como Lake and Fowler, 63 within Lougheed and Alderson Avenue and 79 within Lougheed and Pinetree Way. Police continue to target the MaryHill Bypass area due to the constant dangerous driving habits within this stretch of road which resulted in 130 violation tickets.

Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Services worked hard to ensure that everyone made it home to see their Valentine during the month of February, said Staff Sergeant Mark McCutcheon, Coquitlam RCMP’s Traffic Services Commander. We hope through public awareness and these enforcement campaigns we can encourage the public to practice safe driving habits.

Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Services continue to focus enforcement along the MaryHill Bypass in Port Coquitlam and Lougheed Hwy / Hwy 7 in Coquitlam as a part of HAZE. These areas have been identified as having the highest rate of casualty crashes within the BC Lower Mainland, according to ICBC statistics.

The intersection along the Maryhill Bypass at Broadway Street in Port Coquitlam is in the top 10 crash intersections within the Lower Mainland in 2021 with 135 collisions alone, according to ICBC statistics. Since 2017, there have been 858 vehicle collisions at this intersection.

Additionally, Lougheed Hwy / Hwy 7 corridor between United Bouvard and Como Lake Avenue continue to have a high rate of collisions. Since 2017, there have been 274 collisions at Lougheed Hwy and United Bouvard, 286 collisions at Cape Horn and Colony Farm Road and 307 at Pitt River Road and Lougheed Hwy. Another focused area for Coquitlam HAZE is Lougheed Hwy at Barnet Hwy which has had 579 collisions since 2017, according to ICBC.

For more information regarding Lower Mainland crashes between 2017 to 2021, please visit ICBC’s interactive map.

With the success of the previous month’s initiative, the Traffic Enforcement Team will continue to conduct HAZE and HVE throughout April. Coquitlam RCMP will continue to share the enforcement calendar in order to educate the public on the type of traffic enforcement we conduct.

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Released by:

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins
Media Relations Officer
Coquitlam RCMP
2986 Guildford Way, Coquitlam, B.C V3B 7Y5
Office: 604-945-1580

Email: coquitlam_media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca
Website: coquitlam.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)

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