RCMP out in force to promote good driving habits

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The RCMP Traffic Services are out in force today in Deer Lake and on the Northern Peninsula until Friday in an attempt to educate the public and enforce traffic laws.
RCMP officers are conducting roving patrols and possible stationary checkpoints in an attempt to change the poor driving habits of the public into positive ones.
RCMP S/Sgt. Dave Bishop says that normally an enforcement action sends a message the offenders' driving behaviour is unsafe and could costs lives or millions of tax payers and private dollars if not corrected.
The approach is meant to reward the good drivers and concentrate on the ones who cost society the most.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Deer Lake

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  • Hammer Down
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    High time and good on the cops, there are manics out there willing to risk the safety of OUR loved ones..... kick it !

  • Curious
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I wonder why RCMP Traffic Services is not checking on the safety of vehicles on our roadways. In 1989, Transport Canada regulated that all motor vehicles manufactured or imported into Canada be equipped with daytime running lights. I think the law came into effect in 1992 or 1993. Anyway, today there are numerous vehicles on our roads without this safety feature. Are the DRLs being disabled intentionally or malfunctioning because of poor maintenance? DRLs are as much of a safety feature as brake lights, and any vehicle not displaying such should be warned/ticketed.

  • Richard
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    If the police are interested in the driving habits of our residents, all they have to do, is just park outside of some of the entrances of these fastfood & coffee establishments, & take a look at what people are doing as soon as they pull away from these business, they are starting to consume the products just purchased. So if these individuals are focusing on their treats / goodies, thier attention is possibility taken away or distracted from what they should be focused on. Give these individuals a scare from being pulled over, & this may change their focus. I for one would like to know the stats of all these accidents, are caused by people eating, drinking, or using a cellphone. A cellphone is bad enough, but when individuals are texting, your focus is know where behind the wheel. Come on police forces, step up to the table & start to crack down on some of this. I am sure, there would be a decrease in fender benders. Thanks for your time.

  • anne
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    im not sure about excessive use of their resources, but the RCMP and the RNC, should be doing this on a regularbasis all over the province. Just because its not illegal does not mean drivers should not be 'reminded' of thie poor habits - i.e. improper lane changes, driving in inappropriate lanes, improper merging aqnd yielding, tailgating, etc. etc.... many of my friends have horrible habits that probablyy not illegal or ticketable, but definitel cause a threat to overall road safety and flow of traffic...no doubt i myself could use the occasional reminder from authority.
    its really scary how some people think they are the only important person on the road and will drive as they please, all the while cursing the other drivers

  • Joe
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    So my question is - where is the RNC?? Driving in St. John's is rdiculuous. The worst in Canada by far, for moving violations and no sign of the RNC can be seen. NL Drive, anytime of the day or night, is a racetrack and people use stop signs as yields, yet no police presence can be seen. Ever. Does the RNC still do traffice violations?

  • Bea
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    what is the reward for good drivers, aside from not being pulled over?

  • Drive Rite
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Bring on mandatory driving tests at regular intervals, like say every 10 years. Make insurance companies pay the extra costs. The money they'd save in payouts would cover the cost.

  • Donny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    They should be out in full force EVERYDAY not just special occasions. How has it become newsworthy that police are enforcing the Highway Traffic Act today! It's no wonder cars are slamming into concrete pillars or racing side by side on the highway not to mention the increasing violent acts of road rage. Proper enforcement seems to equate to overtime around here.

  • Hammer Down
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    High time and good on the cops, there are manics out there willing to risk the safety of OUR loved ones..... kick it !

  • Curious
    July 01, 2010 - 20:11

    I wonder why RCMP Traffic Services is not checking on the safety of vehicles on our roadways. In 1989, Transport Canada regulated that all motor vehicles manufactured or imported into Canada be equipped with daytime running lights. I think the law came into effect in 1992 or 1993. Anyway, today there are numerous vehicles on our roads without this safety feature. Are the DRLs being disabled intentionally or malfunctioning because of poor maintenance? DRLs are as much of a safety feature as brake lights, and any vehicle not displaying such should be warned/ticketed.

  • Richard
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    If the police are interested in the driving habits of our residents, all they have to do, is just park outside of some of the entrances of these fastfood & coffee establishments, & take a look at what people are doing as soon as they pull away from these business, they are starting to consume the products just purchased. So if these individuals are focusing on their treats / goodies, thier attention is possibility taken away or distracted from what they should be focused on. Give these individuals a scare from being pulled over, & this may change their focus. I for one would like to know the stats of all these accidents, are caused by people eating, drinking, or using a cellphone. A cellphone is bad enough, but when individuals are texting, your focus is know where behind the wheel. Come on police forces, step up to the table & start to crack down on some of this. I am sure, there would be a decrease in fender benders. Thanks for your time.

  • anne
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    im not sure about excessive use of their resources, but the RCMP and the RNC, should be doing this on a regularbasis all over the province. Just because its not illegal does not mean drivers should not be 'reminded' of thie poor habits - i.e. improper lane changes, driving in inappropriate lanes, improper merging aqnd yielding, tailgating, etc. etc.... many of my friends have horrible habits that probablyy not illegal or ticketable, but definitel cause a threat to overall road safety and flow of traffic...no doubt i myself could use the occasional reminder from authority.
    its really scary how some people think they are the only important person on the road and will drive as they please, all the while cursing the other drivers

  • Joe
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    So my question is - where is the RNC?? Driving in St. John's is rdiculuous. The worst in Canada by far, for moving violations and no sign of the RNC can be seen. NL Drive, anytime of the day or night, is a racetrack and people use stop signs as yields, yet no police presence can be seen. Ever. Does the RNC still do traffice violations?

  • Bea
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    what is the reward for good drivers, aside from not being pulled over?

  • Drive Rite
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    Bring on mandatory driving tests at regular intervals, like say every 10 years. Make insurance companies pay the extra costs. The money they'd save in payouts would cover the cost.

  • Donny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    They should be out in full force EVERYDAY not just special occasions. How has it become newsworthy that police are enforcing the Highway Traffic Act today! It's no wonder cars are slamming into concrete pillars or racing side by side on the highway not to mention the increasing violent acts of road rage. Proper enforcement seems to equate to overtime around here.