Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 11/8/2009 (2671 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I am writing in response to all the attention given to a memo circulating about police officers being expected to give out at least one ticket per shift.
I firmly support this action and don't see why others are so angry about it. We want our officers to enforce the laws and I don't see how we can tell them which laws to enforce. Of course the escalating gang war is of importance to all of us, but I believe the police are doing as much as they can in this area.
We cannot put 100 per cent of our policing into this division and let all the other "little" offences slip through the cracks. It doesn't take long to issue a ticket and let the public know that authorities are watching. My life (and many others) are more closely affected by poor driving than gang wars.
How many innocent people have been killed by speeding, going through a red light or talking/texting on a cell phone while driving? I'm sure the numbers are far beyond the number of innocent people killed because of the gang wars.
At the end of the day, if you're really upset about police giving out traffic tickets they are easy enough to avoid -- follow the laws! If everybody followed the traffic laws then the officers would have all the time in the world to work in other divisions.
Kudos to police District 3 for attempting to slow the flow of traffic on Scotia Street on Sundays and statutory holidays. Keep up the good work. I witnessed a half dozen or more vehicles travelling down Scotia that were pursued by the police on Aug. 3 for breaking the law. There are some people who feel that the streets are designed for vehicles and the bike path streets should not be closed.
As a resident of Scotia Street, however, I have observed that we experience more traffic on a Sunday than any other day of the week, not to mention the speed at which these vehicles travel.
Scotia Street is also currently under construction from Hartford Street northbound. There are signs that indicate that the street is closed with the exception of local traffic.
There are a number of vehicles that travel though this area, with total disregard to the closure. Imagine what your house would look like filled with the dust that these vehicles stir up while driving through the construction zone.