Enhanced enforcement of laws regarding speeding in construction zones is part of the proposed legislative amendments to the Highway Traffic Act that had the second reading in the House of Assembly on May 10th, 2016. Under the amendment the registered owner of a vehicle identified as breaking the speed limit law in a construction zone can be charged with the violation even if the driver cannot be clearly identified. In other words, if someone witnesses a vehicle speeding through a construction zone, but can’t identify the driver, police will be able to ticket the vehicle, whereas previously they could only charge the driver. Under the amendment, police will also be able to use photo radar devices in construction zones if they so choose.
“These amendments provide strengthened enforcement options and help our officers work with residents to encourage safe driving in communities across the province, particularly around school buses and in school and construction zones.” – Superintendent Stephanie Sachsse, Officer in Charge, Criminal Operations, Newfoundland and Labrador Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Fines for speeding in a construction zone range from $100 to $1,500, which are double the regular speeding fines.
Newfoundland and Labrador joins six other provinces – namely British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island – in making legislative amendments for charging the registered owner of a vehicle with a moving offence. The amendments will come into effect 60 days after the bill receives Royal Assent.
Click to view the May 10, 2016 press release from Service NL