The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary handed out hundreds of tickets in the past few weeks to people who refuse to adhere to parking lot rules and regulations.
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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary handed out 189 summary offence tickets for blue zone and safety zone violations in recent weeks as part of Operation Fire-cap..
The results of Operation Fire-cap were announced Tuesday at RNC headquarters during a media briefing.
RNC Sgt. Brian Gosse of the force’s patrol services, said eight officers were assigned to four units between April 16 to May 5, monitoring several businesses and the behaviours of drivers in parking lots.
“During that time 189 summary offence tickets were issued for blue zone and safety zone violations. There were also 355 summary offence tickets issued for vehicles parked in fire lanes, and 143 were issued for other various offences such as being parked in a crosswalk or next to fire hydrants, speeding on cellphones, that sort of thing,” Gosse told reporters.
He said during the RNC initiative, officers also noticed a theft in progress, made an arrest and recovered stolen property. They also noticed illegal drugs in a vehicle which were seized and is under investigation.
Gosse said aside from the more than 600 tickets issued, officers spoke to several people and told them that what they were doing was illegal, they could be ticketed were told to move.
The Coalition for Persons with Disabilities was represented at the news conference and praised the efforts of the RNC, but Kelly White said people need to pay attention to the signs if inclusion is going to work.
“The only way to improve accessibility for persons with disablities is through education and awareness which is what this project is all about,” said White, the coalition’s executive director.
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