Pace Car Program Launches to Slow Portage Motorists

By Sarah Klein

Portage la Prairie Mayor Ken Brennan, Mary Smith of the Regional Health Authority of Central Manitoba and Portage la Prairie School Division Superintendent Hazen Barret sign the Pace Car Program pledge in Portage on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. (HANDOUT)

Portage la Prairie RCMP launched the Pace Car Program on Wednesday, in a joint effort between the local school board, health authority and community revitalization corporation.

The program helps to stop speeding on neighbourhood streets by making motorists sign a pledge to drive only the posted speed limits. Those who sign the pledge also display an official Pace Car emblem on their vehicle, reminding motorists around them to slow down.

“By agreeing to drive within the speed limit, vehicles become mobile speed bumps, slowing the traffic behind them,” said Cst. Shannon Neff. “Drivers also agree to be more aware of, and courteous, to other road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists.”

Further details on the Pace Car Program can be found at SafeKidsCanada.ca.


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