Good drivers asked to be pace-setters for everyone around Truckee
December 19, 2008
TRUCKEE ” Truckee police are looking to local residents to lead by example with a new “Neighborhood Pace Car” program.
Truckee Police Sgt. Jason Litchie said the department gets calls complaining of speeders in their neighborhoods, but the department has to conduct a survey to see if there is a speed problem.
“We thought, ‘How can we empower citizens to do something about speed in their neighborhoods?'” Litchie said.
Using an Office of Traffic Safety Grant, Litchie said the department decided to print out 2,000 stickers naming cars neighborhood pace cars.
Residents volunteer to act as model drivers ” driving the speed limit, stopping at crosswalks, and generally being safe on the roads ” and place the sticker on their cars to raise awareness, Litchie said.
“We hope it raises awareness about speed, most people are good drivers and this is a way to advertise that,” Litchie said.
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What it won’t do, Litchie said, is get drivers any different treatment if they get pulled over.
Those interested can go to the Truckee Police Station at town hall on Airport Road to sign up and get a Neighborhood Pace Car sticker.
Similar programs have been successful in Australia and Boulder, Colo., according to a press release.