Ward 2 candidate Jonathan Galgay is addressing concerns regarding recent calls for increased powers for municipal enforcement officers within the City of St. John’s.
Over the past number of months, residents have raised concerns about speed and various other moving violations within their neighbourhoods. I am deeply concerned with these issues and have recently met with Chief Robert Johnston of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to express my concerns. Areas such as Quidi Vidi, Signal Hill and the City’s downtown are subject to increasing calls for traffic calming.
I believe the City of St. John’s should undertake a yearlong pilot project consisting of a camera radar system at a determined location which is subject to increased traffic volume and high speeds. Other jurisdictions throughout the county have implemented systems based on pilot projects, and the results have proven to be effective.
Currently, the provincial Highway Traffic Act only authorizes members of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Royal Canadian Mounted Police to issue moving violations. Increasing these powers to municipalities would pose liability and safety issues to municipal enforcement officers.
Often times moving violations can escalate into other infractions such as impaired driving, drugs etc. Caution must be exercised when advocating for expanded powers for Municipal Traffic Enforcement.
I will continue to advocate for the best interest of residents, and will ensure that all concerns are presented to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.