RCMP stepping up enforcement on Confederation Bridge

Colin MacLean
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Recent incidents putting people at risk, say management

BORDEN-CARLETON – The RMCP is stepping up enforcement on the Confederation Bridge.

Confederation Bridge.

The move comes after a spat of recent, potentially dangerous, situations on the colossal structure.

Staff Sgt. Ken Spenceley, RCMP commander of Prince District, said his officers have issued 11 Tickets for cell phone usage on the bridge since Feb. 4. Resulting in $325 in fines.

“We remind motorists that use of mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle is prohibited and RCMP are monitoring the situation at the bridge very closely,” said Spenceley.

The Mounties issued a joint press release on Tuesday with Confederation Bridge, highlighting the need for drivers to pay more attention to the road.

They pointed out that there have been five recent incidents on the bridge caused by driver inattention.

Enough is enough, said Michel Le Chasseur, general manager for bridge.

“We require your undivided attention when driving the bridge as conditions can change rapidly due to traffic, weather, maintenance and other factors over this 13 kilometer stretch of road. These accidents have caused several injuries requiring hospitalization and several delays due to salvage operations, inspection and repairs,” he said.

A mid-January collision on the bridge, involving a car and a sweeper truck, shut it down for more than five hours, causing significant backup.

The driver of the sweeper had to be taken to hospital for minor injuries.

Le Chasseur urged everyone, to take note of the situation and think about the safety of their friends and neighbours who also use Confederation Bridge.

He also hinted that more changes or enforcement efforts could be coming.  

 “This public reminder is the first step in increasing safety measures for our employees and the travelling public. More tangible changes are coming. Technology is great, but like everything else, excess can be deadly,” he said.  

Organizations: RCMP, Mounties

Geographic location: Prince District

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  • Bazzy1
    February 18, 2014 - 12:52

    Kudos to the RCMP and the Confederation Bridge representatives for coming together to say enough is enough! I was literally stunned to hear of the latest accident on the bridge, it was storming, whiteouts were occurring and yet people drove in these conditions. I am wondering has common sense gone out the window! I also for one am very tired of seeing people texting, or talking on there cell phones and congratulate the RCMP for laying charges. People,, seem to forget that a car is a load gun, lose focus , and you can kill someone in the end. It seems to me that people get on the bridge and I have seen it in my travels that they ignore everything posted! Maybe with enforcement being done, people will smarten up!