RNC hands out 200 tickets to Labrador speeders in August
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has handed out about 200 tickets so far in August in an attempt to put the brakes on people racing across the Trans-Labrador Highway.
"Members are finding speeds in excess of 150, 160 — even as high as 180 kilometres an hour — with the majority or the average I would suggest of those speeds coming in at the 120 to 140 range," said RNC Sgt. Ryan Wentzell.
Wentzell recently issued a ticket to one driver who was doing 130 km/h. The driver was also carrying two dogs in crates in the bed of his pickup.
The posted speed limit on the narrow and bumpy Trans-Labrador Highway maxes out at 80 km/h.
Wentzell said the RNC isn't as interested in handing out tickets as they are at promoting safety and preventing accidents.
"We're out there, we'll continue to be out there. We just want people to slow down." he said.
Another speeder, Grant Ralph, admitted he should have known better.
He got off with a warning.
"Being an idiot, really. Shouldn't have been speeding," he said.
The RNC polices the Churchill Falls, Labrador City and Wabush areas of the Big Land.