Q&A - Vehicle Noise, Speeding and Lack of Effective Policing
A large majority of drivers have simply forgot about traffic laws, safety and respect for others. Daily, one can see many drivers traveling at 20-50 km/hr faster then the posted speed limits. The problem is so bad that some of us residents have formed a Concerned Residents Committee to help us voice our concerns for a solution to this on-going problem. We have noticed that the problem is not limited to our neighborhoods, but nearly every corner of the City and appears to be an epidemic so to speak.
Speaking with many Traffic Officers in regards to the problem, many experienced ones, state that the problem is driver attitude and a serious lack of members in the traffic section, which has allowed for the problem to escalate. In our city for example, where there used to be a 17 member traffic section group, we are down to 6 or 7 members.
We feel that the only way to calm all of the speeding down is to bring back Photo radar and also have many more dedicated traffic cops to enforce all traffic laws. We also believe that we need traffic law enforcement around the clock because our safety and quality of life is being seriously compromised.
Along with the speeding problem, we have a serious exhaust noise problem from many vehicles that effects us more so in the evening and early morning hours when we are to be resting and sleeping.
We have a serious problem of trying to have something done about the noisy aftermarket vehicle mufflers (or lack of). Many times, we have complained about specific vehicles driving aggressively through our residential areas disturbing our sleep or just plainly, annoying us beyond reason. We provide the RCMP with complete vehicle descriptions, license plate numbers, driver information(when we have it), and a complaint of a faulty or excessively loud exhaust system. The RCMP don't seem to do anything to about the noisy vehicle, and the problem continues day after day, sometimes for years.
What is the proper procedure for residents to have something done about these noisy vehicles which are racing through our neighborhoods? We need to know the form of action that will get us results in having these noisy exhaust systems removed from these vehicles, so that we can have our peace and quiet as we once had.
Would you offer some insight into a remedy for the speeding epidemic that is getting worse by the day.
Would you also please explain what happens to the revenues from traffic fines that the RCMP write. Is it true that the City where the enforcement takes place, now receives 100% of the revenues?