Bay Roberts concerned about ATVs, high speeds
The Town of Bay Roberts has a problem with high speeds.
Witnessing motor vehicles or all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) travelling at high speeds up and down the town’s roads has become commonplace in recent times. Residents have sent letters and made phone calls to council, who have in turn requested additional support from the Trinity Conception RCMP.
It is not a new concern in the community, nor is it in the wider Trinity-Conception-Placentia region. At times, it appears there are always cars endangering themselves and others by driving at high speeds.
“Motor vehicle speeds have reached well above the posted speed limits, with some drivers going past the playground area at over 70 kilometres per hour,” said Butlerville resident Laura Parsons.
Parsons and her family live on the main road in Butlerville and routinely witness drivers careening down her street.
“I fear for the safety of all pedestrians,” she said. “Numerous people have been brushed by traffic while walking on our roads. A few summers back, I had my son’s stroller hit by a car going through our area.”
Parsons has taken to social media to voice her concerns and get the town’s attention. One of her posts on Facebook generated plenty of discussion, with just under two dozen other people voicing similar concerns.
“We live in a very active community,” said Parsons. “Our recreation areas are often used by local and visiting baseball teams. Many residents who enjoy walking, jogging, cycling, as well as other forms of outside activities are being put at risk by others’ recklessness.
“We’ve seen it all where we live. Dirt bike enthusiasts cat walking down the road, ATV and motor vehicle drag racing, super speeders and others who pass slower vehicles on this narrow road.”
Those concerns are not new for Bay Roberts. For past couple of years, the town has shown a renewed interest in addressing the issue of speeding in the community. Country Road is one area of town that has garnered attention.
The town installed removable speed bumps, a three-way stop at the intersection of Sawdust Road and cut rumble strips into the pavement at various places along the road. That seems to have curbed some of the speeding, although it still exists.
“It is something that is various serious,” Bay Roberts Mayor Philip Wood told The Compass. “We want to ensure the system is under control before there is a serious accident.”
Ahead of this season, Bay Roberts purchased additional speed bumps with plans of installing them in other troublesome areas in the community.
“I think sidewalks for pedestrian use would be a great investment,” said Parsons. “With the newly paved roads, I fear someone will test out the new stretches.”
On the roads
Like most towns in the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region, the community is seeing an uptick in the number of allterrain vehicles on its main roads.
Every day it seems there are new machines driving down and across various roads throughout the region.
“We do receive a number of complaints,” said Const. David Bourden. “There is a fair amount of illegal use.”
Bourden said it is common to see ATV riders without helmets and visible license plates in areas like Bay Roberts and Carbonear.
“In certain communities, it is more social accepted,” he said. “They tend to be more rural areas.”
Wood said the problem his town has are drivers racing up the centre of the road.
“We’d like to crack down on them on public roads,” he said. “If we can’t eliminate it, we’d like to control it.
“It is something we’re very concerned about. We’re being proactive. The big thing is safety.”
All-terrain vehicles are causing problems for the Town of Bay Roberts as residents voice their concerns over riders travelling at high speeds.