RNC targets parking lots for violators

Bonnie Belec
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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.

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.

See tomorrow’s paper for more.

bbelec@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Coalition for Persons

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  • AlLuBu
    May 14, 2014 - 15:31

    Anyone who gets a parking ticket in a fire lane should fight it. According to the Highway Traffic Act section 2.ww and 2.ooo, there is a difference between "stopping" (pulling over for a brief moment and staying in your car), "standing" (pulling over for a slightly longer time and/or getting out of your car to help someone get in or use the trunk while staying with the car), and "parking" (getting out of your car and walking away leaving it unattended). You need to stop in order to stand or park. You need to stand in order to park. However, you can stop or stand without parking. If you are pulled over in a fire lane and still in your car while your passenger runs inside for a brief moment, you are not parked as you can still drive away at the first sight of an emergency vehicle's approach. If the sign says "no parking" you are doing nothing wrong. However if it says "no stopping" or "no standing" you are. Unlike in larger urban areas outside the province, most people here who attempt to police or use the fire lanes do not know the difference.

  • gb
    May 13, 2014 - 15:24

    finally! who cares what their salaries are? This is clearly something that has to be done..over and over and over and traffic enforcement is clearly part of their job. omg how many times do I walk past cars parked on the crosswalk zone n front of out major dept stores. They stop there dropping off passengers etc. Don't they know its a crosswalk and not a drop off/pick up zone? and don't get me started on the self righteous entitled people who park in the fire lanes..every day, all day, all week..they are there parked, idling, not a care in the world. The Solution? Give the store security authority to issu summary offence tickets for these parking violations. PROBLEM SOLVED>>WAKE UP JUSTICE DEPT!!

  • A mom
    May 13, 2014 - 15:15

    Yes try and ticket the parents in school zones who park right on the front step.Another two to mention is Booth and a bigger problem is St Marys Waterford Bridge Rd is a bigger problem where these kids are much smaller then the high schools.

  • Torey Nomore
    May 13, 2014 - 14:47

    Geez, Frank even got the cops patrolling his supermarket parking lots! Most businesses hire their own security. Reason number 298,766 that I cannot vote Tory no-more.

  • summertime
    May 13, 2014 - 13:01

    we pay them $100,000 per year to monitor parking lots? Im not saying it doesn't need to be done but can't it be done by cheaper means or do municipal police and bylaw police also get paid in excess of $75,000?

  • Mike
    May 13, 2014 - 12:53

    Maybe they could do the same in some school zones. I can't speak for all of them, but the Holy Family school zone in Paradise is an accident waiting to happen. It is very congested there and many drivers don't seem to care about rules, child safety, etc. They park in no parking zones, on crosswalks, etc. rather than walk a few hundred feet. That's not to mention the speeds. It is ridiculous. In addition to my numerous complaints to town officials, I have also contacted the RNC. Nothing has changed.