Coquitlam RCMP tell drivers to use caution
With Evergreen Line work ramping up in the Tri-Cities this summer, Coquitlam RCMP is reminding drivers and pedestrians to be careful in construction zones.
According to an RCMP press release, its Traffic Services officers issued 48 tickets for driving violations during a two-hour blitz in an area near Coquitlam Centre last week while Community Police Station volunteers handed out more than 1,000 cards with pedestrian road safety tips.
"Our goal is to make sure everyone — drivers, cyclists and pedestrians — obey all traffic signs," said Coquitlam RCMP Traffic Services Const. Quentin Frewing. "It's part of the overall strategy to keep all road users safe."
Even pedestrians can receive fines of between $109 and $121 for violations ranging from disobeying traffic signals to failing to yield to a vehicle.
Numerous traffic pattern changes, sidewalk closures and barricades have gone up as part of Evergreen Line construction and summer road upgrades, Frewing said. He added that police have been ramping up enforcement as part of May's high-risk driving campaign.
"With construction going full speed ahead and traffic patterns changing in the Evergreen Line construction area, we are making your safety a high priority with continued enforcement in the area for the coming months," he said. "Whether you're riding, driving or walking, pay attention to the road signs and stay safe on the roads."
Students and volunteers with the Port Coquitlam Community Police Station will be scrubbing graffiti and picking up trash Saturday in the area of Birchland elementary school.
Residents interested in participating can meet the group at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 31, at the Northside Community Police Station (3312 Coast Meridian Rd.). Everyone is welcome to join and supplies, beverages and snacks will be provided.
Sunscreen and other sun protection is suggested as a hot day is expected and volunteers should wear clothes they won't mind getting paint on.
For more information call Jodie McNeice at 604-927-2383 or email firstname.lastname@example.org