Officers lay 35 traffic charges in Country Road area
Members of the Trinity Conception RCMP laid more than two-dozen traffic charges in Bay Roberts over the weekend.
Stationed along Country Road in the community, officers laid 35 charges from Friday (May 30) afternoon to Sunday (June 1) afternoon.
This included 19 charges for failing to stop at a stop sign and 11 drivers were charged with speeding. Other charges included driving while suspended and the use of a cell phone while driving.
“It needed to happen,” said Sgt. Greg Hicks.
Traffic in the Country Road area has been the subject of much discussion over the last several months.
The Town of Bay Roberts has installed some traffic calming measures in an attempt to hinder the steady flow of traffic that the street sees.
This included a three-way stop at the intersection of Country Road and Sawdust Road, as well as noticeable “rumble strips,” which saw the town gouge sections of asphalt from the street at six separate locations, cutting perpendicular lines into the road.
Residents had raised concerns over the high speeds used by motorists along the corridor, which connects Conception Bay Highway with L. T. Stick Drive. Country Road is a winding, largely residential, two-lane street, and does not have sidewalks.
“People tend to use it as a shortcut,” said Hicks.
As a result of the concerns of citizens and council, the RCMP and the town’s municipal enforcement officer have been conducting regular patrols of the area.
Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood said his council is “appreciative” of the work done by the RCMP over the weekend.
“We know they have a large area to patrol,” he said.
Wood said he was by the high number of charges laid by police, which included 10 drivers from Bay Roberts.
“I am surprised,” he said. “The residents have been telling us that. I have been going in the area and I think we have been making some progress.
“But obviously, it wasn’t still enough.”
The road was never designed for the high volume of traffic it experiences on a daily basis.
“It used to be called Country Path. So, that tells you what the road was designed for,” said Wood.
The town and the RCMP will continue to monitor the street and listen to the concerns of residents in the area.
“Judging by the high number of charges, their concerns were very justified,” said Wood.