By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – Police are targeting speeding within school zones during the month of September, as a part of their monthly traffic action plan.
© Adam Brazeau
Cornwall police Const. Matt Dupuis speaks to an e-bike driver on Second Street.
Cornwall police Const. Matt Dupuis, and fellow officers, will be using their radar equipment to enforce speeding violations in school zones.
Dupuis said when time permits for officers on general patrol, they will conduct speed enforcement in school areas for the safety of the students.
Last month's traffic action plan focused on speeding throughout Cornwall. As a result, the police's patrol division issued 98 highway traffic act tickets.
Annual taxi inspection
In 2012, 33 taxis failed a safety inspection put to 56 vehicles. Police did confirm that the number doesn't mean local taxis aren't safe.
"Most of these vehicles failed for minor reasons, such as a tail-light bulb out and missing signage," said Dupuis.
Minor reasons taxis failed inspections are: first aid kits, flares, brake/headlight bulbs are out, license plate light bulb, taxi signs, signal lights, etc. Major reasons include: tires, brakes and emergency brakes.
"Any given standards that are not met can be considered a fail," said Dupuis.
Police will be holding their 2013 Cornwall-wide taxi inspection shortly.
E-bikers asked to comply with road rules
Police are reminding electric bicycle riders that the general rules cars, trucks and motorcycles follow, still apply to them, too.
"E-bike operators need to follow the rules of the road such as a motor vehicle driver," said Dupuis. "They also need to follow rules under the highway traffic act designated for them."
Common offences for e-bike operators are: fail to wear proper helmet and permitting a person under 16 on a power-assisted bicycle. Also, operators must have both pedals on the e-bike while it is on a highway. According to police, if the pedals are removed, it becomes a motorcycle under the highway traffic act. Then it must follow the rules pertaining to a motorcycle, such as plates, license, ownership, insurance and helmets.
"Please obey the rules of the road when operating your e-bike," said Dupuis. "Wear a helmet, follow traffic and obey one-way streets."
The police are contemplating a traffic action plan in the future that focuses on e-bikes.