Media Advisory – Starting April 26, public to be notified of traffic enforcement efforts in advance
In what’s believed to be a first in policing in BC, the Delta Police Traffic Unit will be regularly advising social media followers when traffic enforcement will be occurring. And that first publicized enforcement effort begins today, April 26, at the foot of Nordel Way. Media are invited to attend.
“Although Delta Police and other forces occasionally publicize enforcement efforts, we don’t think any other police force in BC has committed to giving the public a heads up on a regular basis,” says Staff Sergeant Ryan Hall, of the Delta Police Department. The Traffic Unit falls under his area of authority.
“We’ll be giving folks who follow us @DPDTraffic on Twitter an advance warning of enforcement efforts approximately once a week,” says S/Sgt. Hall.
He acknowledges that some may find the move controversial, but adds that the public should recognize that traffic enforcement takes place 24/7, every day of the week.
“Part of the job of traffic officers is to ensure that the public is aware we’ll be out there – whether it’s Counterattack on a summer long weekend, or doing a distracted driving blitz the first week of school. We’d like to expand those efforts year round, because people should be practicing good driving habits every week,” says S/Sgt. Hall. “And every minute of every day.”
“If we don’t hand out any tickets, because people have slowed down and are driving responsibly, that would be amazing,”says S/Sgt. Hall. “Because that means all our officers have observed is good driving behavior, and as a result no harm is coming to anyone who is on the road.”
Who – S/Sgt. Ryan Hall, Community Support Section, Delta Police
When – 11 am, April 26, 2018
Where – The curve of Nordel Way, on the approach to the Alex Fraser Bridge northbound. Media will be parking in the gravel, directly south of Great Pacific Forum/Planet Ice. See map below for parking/location information.
What – Police enforcement efforts will focus on the bottom of Nordel Way, and drivers will be pulled over on the curve, nearby where media will park.
Safety – Delta Police have high visibility pedestrian suspenders, which they will give media who don’t have their own safety vests. Safety vests/suspenders must be worn for this event. (And yes, you can keep them.)
Red Arrow – Media Parking Accessed via Nordel Way westbound or Highway 91 northbound, take the Highway 17 exit.
Blue arrows – Media staging area