Preven­ta­tive mea­sures on TC Square park­ing lot

Video sur­veil­lance, speed bumps hope to de­ter danger­ous driv­ers

The Compass - - EDITORIAL - BY MELISSA JENK­INS Melissa.jenk­

The Trinity Con­cep­tion Square Shop­ping Cen­tre (TC Square) has one of the largest park­ing lots in the re­gion, so it’s not un­com­mon for peo­ple to gather af­ter hours.

But on Sun­day, May 31 the gath­er­ing ended with a visit from the RCMP.

Al­most three-dozen ve­hi­cles lined the outer perime­ter of the rear park­ing lot at the mall af­ter 8 p.m. Within a few hours, there were dark black tire treads and burnt rub­ber all over the pave­ment.

Video sur­veil­lance, which The Compass has seen, shows a gold coupe (ap­pears to be a Sun­fire or Cav­a­lier) speed­ing, drift­ing and spin­ning er­rat­i­cally across the as­phalt, leav­ing marks be­hind it.

The driver of the same ve­hi­cle then places his bumper against the con­crete base of a light pole, and pro­ceeds to floor his gas pedal, cre­at­ing a lot of smoke from his front tires. A large pile of black rub­ber is now em­bed­ded in the pave­ment.

An­other ve­hi­cle, a brand new black truck, is also seen do­ing donuts on the park­ing lot in the footage.

TC Square prop­erty manager Wally Snow told The Compass Thurs­day some of the spec­ta­tors likely came from the Bay Wheels Car Show in Bay Roberts.

“Peo­ple come here to take part in ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter car shows,” Snow said.

Last year, he had to bar­ri­cade the park­ing lot af­ter a car show in Car­bon­ear, so ve­hi­cles couldn’t gather there. He be­lieves he may have to con­tinue to do the same.

Snow ex­plained the en­tire park­ing lot is un­der sur­veil­lance 24 hours a day, and video is recorded and kept for a length of time. The record­ings are high qual­ity.

Snow noted that the mall park­ing lot is pri­vate prop­erty, and he felt lucky line paint­ing had not been com­pleted yet this year.

“It would have been a waste of money,” he said.

Mean­while, two RCMP cruisers did ar­rive two ve­hi­cles showed up to dis­perse the crowd.

Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks did con­firm for The Compass there were sev­eral traf­fic-re­lated com­plaints made dur­ing the week­end of the car show and of­fi­cers were as­signed to pa­trol the ar­eas where ve­hi­cles are known to gather af­ter­wards.

Speed bumps and fire lanes

An­other con­cern that has been plagu­ing the TC Square is speed­ing traf­fic in front of the build­ing.

Vis­i­tors to the cen­tre Thurs­day morn­ing were greeted by speed bumps at both the Do­min­ion and Wal­mart en­trances.

“Peo­ple need to slow down,” Snow em­pha­sized.

The sec­tions where the speed bumps are placed are also cross walks. Snow hopes this de­ters peo­ple from not stop­ping for pedes­tri­ans and to be more care­ful go­ing across the park­ing lot.

Some­thing that Snow also hopes gets ad­dressed soon is the con­stant park­ing of ve­hi­cles in the fire lane in front of the build­ing.

“We have re­quested the as­sis­tance of the Car­bon­ear (mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer),” he ex­plained. “Not ev­ery day, but stop­ping in ev­ery once and again could help de­ter peo­ple from park­ing there.”

Snow be­lieves there is much more that can be done in the fu­ture to help pro­mote a safe park­ing lot, and he is on board to do what­ever he needs to. The se­cu­rity cam­eras and speed bumps are likely just the be­gin­ning. He noted there could be more speed bumps added in the fu­ture.

“We have come a long way in the last few years,” he said. “And there’s more we are look­ing into.”

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