The bulk of our RCMP costs is paid by our provincial government. Contrary to what Transportation Minister Paula Biggar said, highway fatality rates have been steady or on the rise. Impaired driving via alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, etc. play pivotal roles in highway fatalities.
Until May 2012, the RCMP had a dedicated Traffic Division that was committed to reducing the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities on our highways. To save money, this team was disbanded by the Ghiz government and redeployed. They no longer solely concentrate on traffic enforcement. About this time until present, excluding 2014, road fatalities have held or increased; and are on the way to another record this year.
In August 2016, the RCMP targeted aggressive and distracted drivers during a morning commute in four areas. Thirty-one charges were laid in Milton for speeding and aggressive driving, plus three for distracted driving. Sixty-six charges were laid that morning in the three other areas. Later, 22 citations were issued in a school area.
This fall, marijuana will become legal and taxed to help fill our government’s depleted coffers. In a recent survey, 39 per cent who had consumed pot drove within two hours. There is no proven test equipment to detect impairment by pot.
Do you hear the message? All types of traffic laws are constantly being broken. The Liberals made a mistake and it is time this government corrects this by reinstating the dedicated Traffic Enforcement Team.
Gary A. O. MacKay,