Police see dangerous speeding along new Plan B highway

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PLAN B HIGHWAY

The new TransCanada highway through Bonshaw was built in part to increase safety, but the RCMP is now finding the opposite is true.

"RADAR enforcement over the last few days have resulted in a number of charges for excessive speed "well above" the posted limit and some of it in construction zones," said a notice from the force issued Tuesday.

"Queens District RCMP are reminding motorists to follow the posted speed limits on the new highway sections at Bonshaw.

"Better alignment and new asphalt is making for increased speed in both directions," says Constable Jeffrey Dow.

He said the public needs to be aware of posted speed limits, construction equipment throughout the zone and hydroseeding operations.

The RCMP says it is continuing enforcement activity in the area.

Fines can be very high for speeding in construction zones, warned the police notice.

"The the Bonshaw alignment is well marked with signage at both ends and throughout," said Dow.

Organizations: RCMP, TransCanada

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  • Captain Canuck
    September 26, 2013 - 11:54

    TOLDJA! It ain't the highway, it's the drivers. Hey, DMV, stop putting driving licenses in the gumball machines.

  • Good thing
    September 25, 2013 - 14:38

    Good thing we built the highway that didn't need to be built, looks like it helped out a lot. Who needs money for hospitals or schools when there are highways to be built for no reason?

    • huh
      September 25, 2013 - 20:03

      Funny, there seems to be a lot of school construction going on and millions spent on the QEH.

    • to Huh
      September 26, 2013 - 07:27

      If you have a $100 to spend on food for your children and you spend $70 on healthy food and $30 on beer and cigarettes does that make the $30 a good expenditure? Islanders are smart, and we're angry about the Plan B political waste, and for that we should be thankful.

  • islander21
    September 25, 2013 - 13:09

    I live on a residential road. But it is straight. Because of that most trucks that have to get from one side of the island choose this one. Most cars also choose this one rather than the one with curves and hills beside it. The speed is often over 100 kmph while the posted is 80. 4 wheel drive vehicles are on it with no lights, no reflectors in the dark. Motorcycles race on it in the early evening in the summer. Speed seems to me to be king on this island. Speed kills. We need a speed kills campaign put on by the RCMP and the insurance companies. Your actions are telling me you don't care about your life or mine when you speed.

  • Pete
    September 25, 2013 - 12:37

    Someone below said "you can't fix stupid". Someone else said "literacy implies comphrehension". And sadly one sees that demonstrated almost daily in the Guardian's online comments section. Folks, the posted speed limit is 60 (SIXTY) right now. That doesn't excuse the drivers doing "well above the posted limit" (80?, 90? 100?) but come on ... give your heads a collective shake. I'm sure that when construction is finished and normal limits are once again posted, you likely won't see drivers speeding at a rate any higher or more often than on any other highway on PEI.

    • Good idea Pete
      September 25, 2013 - 16:20

      Pete, by that logic the fix for the "old" highway was to post a slower speed limit sign. It would appear that your fix wouldn't cost more than three hundred dollars, not the millions that are being borrowed to spend.

    • Well Said
      September 25, 2013 - 21:42

      Well said Pete! Finally someone with some common sense who lives in the real world. For those who complain about the money, you need to understand how government works. Transportation cannot lend their budget to Health, Health cannot lend their budget to Education, etc...

  • johnthames
    September 25, 2013 - 12:18

    Islanders speed everywhere while texting and talking. It's a disgrace but we have no one to blame but ourselves.

  • Not the road
    September 25, 2013 - 12:00

    It has nothing to do with speed incase no one notices but as soon as you leave the bridge the speed limit is 100-110 on the nb side and they have to worry about moose and other animals jumping out in front of them plus other drivers. Problem on PEI is the drunk driving not the speeding

  • Get a grip
    September 25, 2013 - 11:55

    How ridiculous is this story; every try doing the speed limit on the Western Road from Richmond to Tignish. If you're doing 100, you're in the way!!! The traffic flows at 110 easily on a safe, wide highway....this is no different here.

  • Joe Blow
    September 25, 2013 - 11:49

    And people wonder what causes accidents? It's not the road....its the dumb drivers who won't obey speed limits. And now with the straighter, wider road....it gives a false sense of security....so there will be even more speeders and probably more accidents too. At least with the old road there were sharp corners and steep grades to force sensible drivers to slow down....now there is nothing to deter speeding. This whole project was the biggest waste of tax dollars in PEI history!!!

  • Joe Blow
    September 25, 2013 - 11:39

    And people wonder what causes accidents? It's not the road....its the dumb drivers who won't obey speed limits. And now with the straighter, wider road....it gives a false sense of security....so there will be even more speeders and probably more accidents too. At least with the old road there were sharp corners and steep grades to force sensible drivers to slow down....now there is nothing to deter speeding. This whole project was the biggest waste of tax dollars in PEI history!!!

  • How to defeat the willfully illiterate?
    September 25, 2013 - 11:13

    The Guardian should be praised for promoting literacy, but to what end? For the hundreds of Islanders who read, interpreted and comprehended the primary documents that Vessey reluctantly provided, what did literacy actually accomplish? From university professors to economists to statisticians who opposed this project, not one was listened to, not one was heeded. Literacy implies comprehension, and by virtue of that feature alone, this government has remained willfuly illiterate .

  • Cindy
    September 25, 2013 - 10:59

    Obviously, there is a huge problem on our Island roads/highways with Police/RCMP presence enforcing these speed limits , if the government had spent half the money they spent on Plan B to ramp up Police/RCMP presence on our highways, we would be a lot better off.... also to take the twists and turns our of a road/highway to make is safer? Obviously this was not thought throudl to completion either, this is disaster waiting to happen, it is more like a race track now more than ever.... straighter highway.. that is all I can say..

  • Lbh
    September 25, 2013 - 10:44

    When you remove hills and turns and make a road straight. People will speed. Trucks will speed and when accidents happen at these speeds more deaths will happen. Whole point of program that funded road was to make it faster. Not just speeding vehicles. When you drive 70 in a 90 you create bottleneck that isn't safe either especially when no passing zones available. Please don't kid yourself thinking it's out of province drivers. And yes the cops have lost ability to be effective for many reasons. But it comes down to the individual. People shouldn't need cops to enforce this. Blaming lack if cops is just a way to pass responsibility off.

  • Islander
    September 25, 2013 - 10:11

    "Live and Learn as I said before"

  • Craig
    September 25, 2013 - 08:44

    I just shrugged my shoulders when I read the title of this article. This really isn't a surprise at all. It was predicted by quite a lot of people that there would be a lot of speeding on this new highway. The RCMP really doesn't have to remind people of the speed limit on the new highway; they can read it for themselves. Whether they choose to abide by it is another matter. And, whether this new highway is proven safer or not will be discovered over the next few years. Black ice, bad weather, driving fatigue, and driver error do not discriminate between new and old highways. All you can do is drive safely and hope that others will as well.

  • rob
    September 25, 2013 - 08:34

    do you hear that? thats the noise of every islander who has more than three brain cells to rub together smashing their heads into the wall. holy moly, logic fails the most powerful people.

  • The Gods must be Crazy.
    September 25, 2013 - 08:24

    Waste millions of Islanders tax-dollars, to destroy a road that needed less than a million to adjust. Also, expropriate millions of dollars of personal property, destroy a natural environment to build a road that is a tad straighter and faster. Then, blame Islanders who drive faster along that road that's designed to get us to a place 5 minutes faster. Thanks Mr. Vessey - with all the wisdom of G.W.Bush . . . ya done good, boy.

  • Wayne Gairns
    September 25, 2013 - 08:19

    This is not a new issue.Motorists are speeding on all island highways....RCMP have lost control of highway activity. Nobody is concerned about highway speed or driving under the influnce because there is no police presence on island roadways...

  • Wayne Gairns
    September 25, 2013 - 08:18

    This is not a new issue.Motorists are speeding on all island highways....RCMP have lost control of highway activity. Nobody is concerned about highway speed or driving under the influnce because there is no police presence on island roadways...

  • Imagine
    September 25, 2013 - 08:13

    Such a waste. Speed limits, in the first place, was all that was needed. And they could have hired dozens more people to enforce the speed limits with what they spent on this ridiculous project.

  • Johnny Storm
    September 25, 2013 - 07:51

    How fast are they going? Are they going 80? 90? The posted limit right now is 60km on the new section.

  • There's Yer Problem
    September 25, 2013 - 07:47

    The car in the picture looks like it has Nova Scotia or Ontario plates. There's yer problem. It's not Islanders speeding on the new highway, it's that darned bridge bringing all those criminals to the province.

  • Edna O'Brien
    September 25, 2013 - 07:46

    This is every highway on PEI not just Plan B. Try travelling Route 2 everyday driving the speed limit,they pass you like your stopped. Gim'me a break !!!

  • oh wow
    September 25, 2013 - 07:06

    Cripes...not even forty-eight hours since the first bit was open and there's already a problem? Seriously is anyone surprised? You can 'fix' the road but you can't fix stupid, and it's stupid that causes accidents.

  • Duh eh
    September 25, 2013 - 07:00

    The new TransCanada highway through Bonshaw was built in part to increase safety, but the RCMP is now finding the opposite is true. Like no one saw that coming. Shaking my head.

  • townie22
    September 25, 2013 - 06:07

    the speed limit will go up when the job is finished, it is still a construction zone, and the curves at the Bonshaw Bridge end are there to slow traffic, it is only a temporary strip until the Bridge lane is widened and opened.

  • Elizabeth
    September 25, 2013 - 00:02

    Oh for crying out loud. What a waste of life and money !

  • don
    September 24, 2013 - 23:37

    impossable the radars must be wrong the professionals in the ghiz government said it would slow traffic and make it safer. well i think the plan was more speeders means more tickets more money for the ghiz family.

    • Bob Macdonald
      September 25, 2013 - 06:30

      Don - the government never once said it would slow traffic.

  • Robert MacLean
    September 24, 2013 - 23:19

    Hmmm.... Since this is supposed to be a better designed and safer highway wouldn't the speed limits be set to a higher rate then the old highway? Better highways and higher rates of speed does not equal more danger, some facts an figures would be more helpful then just general statements by law enforcement individuals, who for the most part are not qualified to be considered experts on the subject.

    • I Suppose
      September 25, 2013 - 07:21

      I suppose you are an expert though. You know more than the RCMP.

    • DB
      September 25, 2013 - 15:14

      On autobahn there is no speed limit and it is far safer than on any PEI highway.

  • Bobert Bhiz
    September 24, 2013 - 23:03

    I'm in constant awe at the level of whining coming from Islanders over this project and every gust of wind that passes by it. If it's not the cost, it's the garden of eden that's been mowed down. If it's not the lack of a perfectly straight line, it's the steep ditches. Now, surprise, it's speeding. If people are speeding, enforce the limit like anywhere else on PEI. Why is every little hiccup a dramatic disaster worthy of panic and soul-searching? I can almost hear the rumbling of people chomping on their bits to blame speeding on Plan B rather than the insanely underfunded policing of Island roads. I'm actually a bit surprised the RCMP would bring this up like it wasn't expected. Now that the highway is almost complete, we'd better blame Plan B for as much as we can before the topic blends into the rest of our moaning. Was it this dramatic when the Trans Canada was initially built, or did people just say "hey, cool, roads!"

    • I Suppose
      September 25, 2013 - 07:23

      Islanders are tired of Liberal shills posting here in support of a 20 million dollar fraud.

    • The Lone Ranger
      September 25, 2013 - 08:52

      When the Trans Canada was initially built people said " Giddy-up, Horsey."

    • To I SUPPOSE
      September 25, 2013 - 12:45

      And as well the "majority" of Islanders are tired of all the plan B shrills posting on these articles. Just sayin.

    • You know...
      September 25, 2013 - 17:18

      " If people are speeding, enforce the limit" The constant levels of whining comes from the fact the accidents on that road happen because island drivers weren't obeying the posted speed limits. So to spend several million dollars to fix something that's so fundamentally basic... Interesting no?

  • David
    September 24, 2013 - 22:53

    After seeing the HuffingtonPost.ca article titled 'Confessions of a Speeding Traveller on PEI' where someone brags that PEI is a great place to speed this is obviously an island-wide problem.

  • Shocker
    September 24, 2013 - 22:32

    Go way! No one could have seen this coming...better lay down some speed bumps.