ICBC recognizes Castlegar volunteers for helping make roads safer

Castlegar contingent is part of a group of 480 such volunteers in the Southern Interior

ICBC recognizes Castlegar volunteers for helping make roads safer. In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 15 to 21), ICBC is thanking the 10 volunteers in Castlegar for their continued support in making the community safer for everyone.

Throughout the Southern Interior, over 480 volunteers spent more than 18,000 hours delivering road safety programs in 2011. “It’s amazing to see so many British Columbians volunteer their time and come together to better their own communities,” said Kevin Falcon, Minister of Finance.

“National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity for all of us to express our appreciation for their tremendous commitment to road safety and making British Columbia a safer place to live.”“These volunteers care passionately about the safety of their neighbourhoods,” said Christine Silver, local ICBC road safety coordinator.

“They work tirelessly to help make Castlegar roads safer for everyone. Their dedication is remarkable and truly appreciated. On behalf of all our customers and everyone at ICBC, thank you. You are truly making a difference.

”In 2011, Speed Watch program volunteers in Castlegar contributed over 70 hours to help reduce speed-related crashes in their community. With the support of volunteers, speed-related crashes have steadily decreased in B.C. over the last five years.

Volunteers use radar and speed-reader boards supplied by ICBC to show drivers how fast they’re actually traveling. Research shows that it works – over 70 per cent of drivers traveling 10km/h over the speed limit slow down when they see a speed-reader board.To learn more about how you can get involved and help keep your community safe, contact your local road safety coordinator, Christine Silver, at 250-979-4622.