Holyrood, Newfoundland and Labrador – A total of 26 speed-related charges were laid on April 22, 2020, during a joint speed enforcement initiative by RCMP Traffic Services East and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Traffic Services unit near Paddy’s Pond on the Trans-Canada Highway.
Four drivers were travelling at excessive speeds with readings of 152 km/hr, 155km/hr, 158km/hr and 170km/hr respectively. Each were issued tickets with a hefty fine, license suspensions and their vehicles were impounded.
Initiatives such as these are not “speed traps”. Officers play no role in a driver’s application of his or her foot to the gas pedal. Warning motorists of police presence does nothing to change that driver’s day-to-day driving patterns.
In 2019, speed was a factor in 33% of fatal collisions in RCMP policed areas of NL. Now more than ever, we must drive responsibly amid a public health emergency. This type of driving behavior is dangerous at any time and both police forces in this province will continue efforts to keep you safe.
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