Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers like John Bishop and Brian Dietrich (seen here at the Qualicum Beach Wellness and Volunteer Fair Sept. 22) were busy this September with Speed Watch and Cell Watch deployments, collecting stats while educating the public about speed limits in various areas. — Adam Kveton Photo

Speed Watch shows hundreds driving more than 10 km/h over speed limit in Parksville Qualicum Beach

However, that’s just 2.5 per cent of total vehicles observed

On the one hand, Speed Watch deployments in September found hundreds of drivers travelling more than 10 km/h over the speed limit.

On the other hand, those drivers made up just 2.5 per cent of the total observed.

Oceanside Community Safety Volunteers did 31 deployments in September where they collected data on speeders and distracted drivers.

Locations included schools such as Nanoose Bay Elementary, Oceanside Elementary School and others, as well as Highway 19A and Highway 4A in Parksville, Highway 19A and Qualicum Road, and Leon Road in Qualicum Bay.

Of the 24,480 vehicles observed, 564 were travelling more than 10 km/h over the speed limited. The driver going the highest above the speed limit was driving 75 km/h in a 30 km/h zone by Arrowview Elementary School. That was seen at Arrowview Elementary.

However, the highest rate of drivers going more than 10 km/h over the speed limit was at Oceanside Elementary, where 9.6 per cent of drivers drove more than 10 km/h over the 30 km/h speed limit.

That was 132 drivers out of 1,377 observed. The highest speed observed there was 68 km/h.

When it comes to distracted driving, 82 people in total were observed talking, on their phone, while 182 were observed engaging in some other kind of distraction, like eating or drinking while driving, or having a pet in their lap.

At Highway 19A and Highway 4A in Parksville, 12 drivers were spotted talking on their phones, while 47 others were otherwise distracted.

At Fern and Memorial in Qualicum Beach, eight drivers were spotted talking on their phones, and 11 others were otherwise distracted.

Deployments did not record anyone texting while driving.

For full stats, go to www.oceansidecsv.org/content/speed-watch-cell-watch-data-september-2018.

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