Po­lice tar­get bus lane use

14 tick­ets is­sued Wednesday in 90 min­utes

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Weeks of con­struc­tion and long traf­fic lines have more and more Haligo­ni­ans us­ing bus lanes as a quick fix to get ahead — which po­lice say only adds to con­ges­tion and can prove ex­pen­sive for those caught.

Hal­i­fax Regional Po­lice is­sued 14 tick­ets Wednesday over an hour and a half on the Bed­ford High­way near the in­ter­sec­tion with Main Av­enue. Most were for fail­ing to obey a sign re­gard­ing the bus lane, cost­ing $180.

An­other 20 were is­sued over two hours on Tues­day — the high­est num­ber Const. Shawn Cur­rie has seen, al­though he knew there were even more he couldn’t get to.

While Cur­rie, a traf­fic di­vi­sion of­fi­cer, said peo­ple us­ing the bus lane on the Bed­ford High­way is an on­go­ing is­sue, a re­cent spike in com­plaints prompted Hal­i­fax po­lice to set up the check points.

“Ev­ery­body’s try­ing to take ad­van­tage of any­thing they can ... and of course com­ing down Main Av­enue, they see this nice lane sit­ting there on the Bed­ford High­way — and that can save you five or 10 min­utes,” Cur­rie said.

How­ever, that isn’t worth adding to the con­ges­tion for ev­ery­one else, Cur­rie said, es­pe­cially since other drivers are used to keep­ing an eye out for larger buses in that lane and of­ten don’t see smaller ve­hi­cles merg­ing.

Al­though HRM’S plans in­clude more bus pri­or­ity lanes, Cur­rie said he hopes that doesn’t mean peo­ple will keep abus­ing them — since “ev­ery­body can learn.”

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