RCMP Traffic Services East were out in full force on June 24, 2020, and issued more than 70 traffic tickets to motorists traveling on the TCH near Butter Pot Park.
Officers were focussed on high speeds and distracted driving. Through the use of a laser speed device, officers issued a number of speeding charges, including four instances of excessive speeding with speeds of 153 km/h, 158 km/h, 160 km/h, and 172 km/h. Police also ticketed a number of drivers for using a hand-held cell phone, who were either talking or texting while driving.
Drivers who travel more than 51 km/h over the posted speed limit are subject to a ticket carrying a $780 fine (victim fine surcharge included), a 3-day vehicle impoundment, and a 7-day driver's license suspension in addition to four demerit points. Drivers are also responsible to pay the tow and impound fees for the vehicle. Anyone ticketed for the use of a hand-held cell phone is subject to a $650.00 fine and 4 demerit points.
Aggressive and distracted driving are contributing to serious injury and fatal collisions in our province. RCMP NL has zero tolerance for such driving behaviours and continues enforcement efforts to maintain public safety on our roadways.