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Road signs aimed at reducing crashes stolen from East Kelowna

Mystery of missing sign

An East Kelowna resident is asking for the public's assistance after a solar-powered LED message board worth $4,500 was stolen along with its trailer from Swamp Road.

Troy Gangl, owner of Creative Traffic Calming, purchased the road signs recently from a Ritchie Bros auction, along with various other equipment with the intention of helping to stop people getting hit and killed while working on the side of the road. 

Gangl placed the sign on Swamp Road, with a special message for motorists, and left it overnight. 

"It was just cycling through a message like 'watch for cyclists around every corner, at the top of each hill, every time you open your door,' because I have a fire department scanner and I hear a lot of pedestrians and cyclists hit. That’s kind of disturbing, because all you’ve got to do is shift over a bit or slow down or not hit them, but a lot of people aren’t in that mind space when they’re driving. Their minds are somewhere else."

However, three days later, he went to the site to check on it and realized it had been stolen. 

"The first thing I thought was - I also had it in Upper Mission for the while - so maybe I was incorrect and maybe it was still up there, but I could see one of the pieces of cedar I used under the broken jack was still sitting there so it was definitely the last place I had it, and it just vanished. 

"I should have locked it actually. I didn’t think anyone would steal it ... I just want it back." 

He's also reminding motorists to slow down and move over to help ensure the safety of all road workers, cyclists and pedestrians. 

If you have any information about the stolen road signs, please contact Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300. 



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