Pincourt residents help identify bad drivers
Almost everyone who drives a car has encountered bad drivers on local roads. And most wish police were conveniently on-hand to witness flagrant infractions and to do something about it.
But a new program launched last week in Pincourt will allow citizens to blow the whistle on those who regularly disobey the rules of the road.
SVP-MERCI is a program allowing people to report traffic problems like excessive speeding, running stop signs, passing stopped school buses and so forth, on a dedicated Pincourt website or phone line.
The town has teamed up with Sûreté du Québec police to form the program.
According to Mayor Yvan Cardinal, SVP- MERCI will empower residents to “take an active part in road safety,” while allowing them to identify problem drivers or problem areas of town.
Residents who witness road infractions can call the town or log onto its website to report what they saw.
Those lodging a complaint can remain anonymous if they want, says Cardinal, adding people who use the system can follow up on their claims.
And as violations are reported via the website or phone line, Pincourt employees will analyse data.
The idea is to gather concrete statistics identifying ongoing trouble spots, or those places where a large percentage of people routinely speed, run stop signs, or other such repeat infractions.
Cardinal, who noted speeding has been identified as a top concern by residents during many town council meetings, says the town would then inform police about problem areas so they know where best to focus man-power to have themost impact.
In addition, the town is ready to use measures such as electronic speed indicator message boards, which let drivers know how fast they’re traveling, speed bumps, and so forth.
But police warn SVP-MERCI does not empower residents to chase after law breakers, or to take the law into their own hands.
And it does not mean police will spend less time in Pincourt.
SQ captain Raymond Gilbert, director of East division, noted the program’s aim is that of prevention and that police will be on hand to intervenewhen needed.
To use SVP-MERCI, Pincourt residents can call 514 453-8981, ext. 375, or go to the town’s websitewww.villepincourt.qc.ca.