I just read an article about police giving out tickets on the Outer Ring Road during Operation Impact.
I started driving that road twice a day from Mount Pearl to Stavanger Drive in April, driving between 7 a.m. and 7:30 and between 4 p.m. and 4:30.
Without exaggeration, I have only seen a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary patrol car on that road one time.
Those are the busiest times of the day with the heaviest traffic — and no police.
At 7 a.m., cars are “flying” over that road.
I’ve seen several single-car accidents, most in wet conditions, and all as a result of speed.
With no RNC to patrol, all the idiots on the road get to do whatever they want, i.e. speeding, weaving, tailgating and every other unsafe practice.
Is there a reason that RNC fails to post an appropriate number of patrol cars on the busiest, most dangerous roadway in the city?
I think the RNC contributes to the Outer Ring Road’s reputation by not properly policing it.
Maybe if we put a Tim Hortons there, we might get some presence on the road. I implore the powers that be at the RNC to please post patrol cars on this very hazardous road at the proper times, or sooner or later lives will be lost.
And if it’s cost, well, ticket money from speeders alone will more than cover the expense.