RCMP cracks down on P.E.I. drivers who claim they are late for work

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FILE PHOTO: RCMP use roving patrols, check points and laser speed technology in an extra effort to stop drivers who are speeding, driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol or using handheld devices.

Police set up morning traffic stops leading into Charlottetown, focusing on speeding, aggressive driving

The RCMP issued 30 tickets in a crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving last week in parts of P.E.I.

Enforcement efforts targeted routes leading into Charlottetown between 5:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. which led to seven written warnings.

FACTS: Breakdown of charges

RCMP Cpl. Chris Gunn said the force has been hearing from the public about problems during morning and afternoon commutes, including tailgating, passing while unsafe and speeding.

Increasing visibility of police vehicles is a way to combat that trend, he said.

"We're listening."

The RCMP said most drivers ticketed blamed being late for work or other appointments as their reason for speeding.

Others blamed getting cut off, tailgating and personal issues as reasons for aggressive driving.

In a separate initiative, the RCMP and provincial highway enforcement officers set up several checkpoints to catch people driving without wearing seatbelts and using their cellphone while driving.

There were nine tickets for not wearing seatbelts and two for driving while using a cellphone.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: P.E.I., Charlottetown

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Recent comments

  • How it is...
    February 02, 2016 - 09:32

    Hang a radar gun on the Hillsborough Bridge and cops at both ends. The speed some people fly though there is going to get someone killed sooner than later.

  • B
    February 02, 2016 - 07:56

    Another reason for aggressive driving is the fact that too many PEI drivers have no idea how to drive. They can't judge distance and pull out in front of people, they can't merge and completely stop in lanes, they pay no heed to the posted limit - driving 60km/h in a 40 and continue going 60 in an 80 or 90km/h zone, they have no clue on keep right unless you are passing. Stay home or get out of the way.

    • C
      February 04, 2016 - 11:37

      Must be wonderful to be a passenger in your vehicle.

  • no thanks
    February 02, 2016 - 03:45

    arrogance is the cause

  • Local Driver
    February 01, 2016 - 20:23

    It is GREAT to see and read and learn that the police are being more present on the streets, roads, and highways….BUT …..in very visible areas, I hope they can hide easily enough so those dumbasses don’t see them until the red and blues are flashing. As the article states, “The RCMP said most drivers ticketed blamed being late for work or other appointments as their reason for speeding”. NO. Definitely not a good excuse. There is no reason to be late. Don’t blame it on the children or the alarm clock that didn’t work. Oh my goodness, cellphones, eh? I hope that federal and provincial law will someday hire a technology company to invent “AUTO PHONE-SHUT-OFF” as soon as the engine begins to run. Same idea as auto door lock after the gear is engaged. To sum it all up……way-too many speeders, way-too many aggressive drivers, way-too many using phones while driving, way-too many tailgaters. The list goes on-and-on-and-on! Keep up the good work police.

    • Also a driver
      February 02, 2016 - 06:56

      It sounds like someone goes out for their timmies run around 10 am with two hands on the wheel singling along to sharon, lois and bram while driving 40 km/h below the speed limit with their blinker still on from their failed merge attempt