The bulk of our RCMP is paid by our provincial government. Contrary to what P.E.I. Transportation Minister Biggar relayed to her provincial counterparts, highway fatality rates have been steadily or on the rise. Impaired driving via alcohol or drugs, distracted driving, etc. play pivotal roles in highway fatalities.
Until May 18, 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 dedicated Traffic Enforcement 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 dramatically 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 and one person texting while driving at 25 km/h over the posted speed limit. Sixty- six charges were laid with seven warnings issued 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 huge mistake and it is time this government and Transportation Minister Biggar correct this by finding the monies and reinstating the dedicated Traffic Enforcement team. Until this government admits its past error, watch the numbers: impaired driving arrests decreasing, fatalities and carnage increasing.
It takes a big person to admit they were wrong, even a bigger person to admit and correct their mistake. Let’s see what happens.
Gary A O MacKay,