Editor: Your June 3 editorial (“Poor drivers or the top cops in Kings County?”) brings to light an ongoing problem on P.E.I roads — poor drivers and lawbreakers.
Now the term “lawbreaker” might seem a little strong but that’s what people are doing by your account — “aggressive driving, which includes speeding, ignoring stop signs and failing to yield.” The RCMP crackdown was part of Canada Road Safety Week, “an annual police effort to target high risk driving behaviours that put drivers and others at risk.”
Herein lies the problem — an annual campaign of one week’s stepped-up enforcement of our traffic laws. Shouldn’t this be a daily effort? How many times have you seen a set of red and blue lights on the side of a downtown street or highway in the last six months? I would say two, at the most, in my memory.
Here’s a prime example. The other day I was traveling north on University Avenue (going out of town). I was at the red light at Belvedere Avenue and our direction had the advance left arrow. While cars were turning left, eight — yes, eight — cars in a row, ran the red light turning right on to University Avenue. Not a cop in sight, but I’ve seen cars doing it in front of the police and nothing happens.
Now I know the police are busy, some would say doing more serious things. But isn’t enforcing the red light law important if it happens to keep one pedestrian from getting hit?
Something needs to change, and not just in Kings County, as you mentioned. Many drivers do this type of thing for two reasons. One, their sense of entitlement that the laws don’t pertain to them. And second, they know they’re probably not going to get stopped.
It seems to me that increased enforcement (tickets) would easily provide funding for more police cars and more cops. Isn’t it time to think about that?