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St. John’s back in the city groove

Metrobus is back in operation today. From now until Feb. 7, rides will be free for all Metrobus and GoBus users as the City of St. John's encourages commuters to try the bus and to leave their cars at home during the continued cleanup from last weekend's major snowstorm. Glen Whiffen/The Telegram
Metrobus is back in operation today. From now until Feb. 7, rides will be free for all Metrobus and GoBus users as the City of St. John's encourages commuters to try the bus and to leave their cars at home during the continued cleanup from last weekend's major snowstorm. Glen Whiffen/The Telegram - Glen Whiffen

Today’s sunshine is only fitting for a city springing back to life after a week being at a standstill under a declared state of emergency.

Businesses opened this morning welcoming an onslaught of customers anxious to rid themselves of cabin fever. 

On the streets the increased public vehicle traffic mixed in with a steady flow of dump trucks moving snow and a steady roll of city equipment still grabbing away at heavy blanket of snow that blocked roads, homes and businesses last weekend.

Already the police have reported some drivers a little too anxious. 

One driver was clocked by the RCMP at 175 km/h about 7:10 a.m. today.

The vehicle was impounded and the 50-year-old Nova Scotia driver was charged for excessive speeding. His license was suspended.

Police are expecting an influx of traffic toward the city today with the state of emergency lifted as of 6 a.m..

The RCMP is patrolling the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) and reminds the public that drivers charged with excessive speeding for a first offense face a fine of $520 and four demerit points.

In another incident, the fire department and police have responded to a snowmobile accident on the TCH west-bound near the Foxtrap Access Road. The operator of the snowmobile reportedly fell off the machine injuring his shoulder area, and was helped back to the side of the highway by others.

Metrobus and GoBus have returned to operations today with a number of stops busy with awaiting riders.

The City of St. John’s is reminding motorists to reduce speeds significantly, drive according to conditions, watch for pedestrians and plan ahead to allow for extra time to get to your destination.

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