Increase in Number of Collisions on Burin Peninsula

RCMP on the Burin Peninsula have responded to a number of crashes over the past week.

While some of these incidents involved moose, others did not and police suspect distracted driving.

Two recent reports involved vehicles that crossed over the center line, causing the collision. Weather and road conditions were favorable. Police are considering other factors such as distracted driving, speeding, and or sleepy drivers.

Officers have implemented an increased presence along Route 210 over the past few days, enforcing the Highway Traffic Act, hoping to curb the number of collisions.

Yesterday morning, at approximately 8:30 a.m., police apprehended a 61-year-old man from Marystown for excessive speeding. The vehicle was travelling at a rate of 146 km/h in a posted 90 km/h speed zone. Officers seized the vehicle for 3 days, suspended his driver's licence and laid charges under the Highway Traffic Act for the excessive speed.

On Friday, officers have responded to three more traffic collisions along the Burin Peninsula. One involved a moose, another involved a family in a single vehicle departing the road and the third was a single-vehicle rollover collision. Thankfully, no serious injuries have been reported.