Dynamic Speed Display Sign Program launches in Whitehorse

The Government of Yukon, City of Whitehorse and RCMP Traffic Services have partnered together to coordinate education, build awareness and modify driver behaviour related to speeding on city roads.

The Dynamic Speed Display Sign Program will see mobile radar speed signs alongside targeted RCMP enforcement at 10 high-infraction locations in Whitehorse. The signs and RCMP enforcement will be established for up to four weeks per location.

Radar signs are a proven road safety countermeasure and have been shown to have a significant impact on increasing compliance with posted speed limits.

Reckless drivers needlessly endanger the vast majority of citizens who follow the rules of the road. We are proud to partner with the City of Whitehorse and RCMP in this effort to reduce dangerous driving.

Minister of Highways and Public Works Richard Mostyn

We have heard from residents and understand that the safety of our roadways is a top issue. The City of Whitehorse is a proud partner of this exciting and important initiative that will address traffic safety concerns. As always, we will continue to work with our government partners to improve the wellbeing of our community.

Mayor of Whitehorse Dan Curtis

Road safety is one of the RCMP's top priorities, and everyone has a vested interest in it whether you are a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist using public or private transport. The Dynamic Speed Display Sign Program brings education, awareness and traffic enforcement together, with the ultimate goal of reducing injuries and fatalities on our roadways.

Corporal Natasha Dunmall, RCMP Traffic Services

Quick facts 
  • The number of drivers who speed on our roadways is increasing. On average, speeding ticket convictions equal 45 per cent of all Motor Vehicles Act convictions per year.

  • Speed is listed as one of the top contributing factors in motor vehicle collisions in Yukon. Between 2011 and 2015, 36 per cent of on-road fatalities had “excessive speed” or “over the speed limit” cited as a contributing factor.

Contact 

Stewart Burnett
Cabinet Communications
867-332-0480
stewart.burnett@gov.yk.ca

Brittany Cross
Communications, Highways and Public Works
867-456-3825
brittany.cross@gov.yk.ca

Myles Dolphin
Strategic Communications, City of Whitehorse
867-689-0515
myles.dolphin@whitehorse.ca

Alma Edwards
Acting Director of Strategic Communications, Yukon RCMP
mdiv.communications@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

News release #: 
20-026