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Traffic complaints abound

Hot weather and a multitude of visitors to Prince Edward County kept Ontario Provincial Police officers busy over the past weekend.

Cst. Kim Guthrie reports about 90 calls for service were received from Friday morning to Sunday evening with many of them being traffic complaints due to overcrowded parking lots and beaches, noise complaints, trespassing beach goers on private beaches, erratic driving complaints and motor vehicle collisions. “On a positive note,” she said. “No drinking and driving related offences occurred over the weekend.”

One collision of note was on Cty Rd 1 near Melville Road at approximately 10:30am Sunday, July 30. The eastbound driver drifted onto the gravel shoulder, lost control of the vehicle, which rolled and came to rest on its side on the roadway.

Neither occupant were hurt.

A 27-year-old Toronto resident was charged with Unsafe Move – Lane or Shoulder under the Highway Traffic Act.

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  1. Vic Alyea says:

    I try to shop locally owned especially in Wellington. I have to say that it is getting more and more on the lunacy side when it comes to tourist drivers from the city in the County. I’ve had them take up two parking spots with one vehicle on the Main St., do u-turns in traffic on the Main St., park with the front or back of their vehicle jutting way out into the travelled lane, stop to use their cell phones in turn lanes, etc., etc,. I know they are not locals as the licence plate holder trim or the name of the dealership on the vehicle gives them away. I wonder if they don’t know the rules of the road or simply just ignore them. I am finding myself driving to Trenton more and more as its safer to drive there than here. Sad, eh? I wonder if some police foot patrol in Wellington and Picton might be helpful on the weekends especially but then I guess its not done anymore.

  2. Susan says:

    Well not at this point in time . The County has way too much now to curtail visitors. If you want the crowded beach life from July to August in hot sunny temps then get there prior to 10:00 am. Our uniqnesnes and close proximity to large cities will make us popular for a very long time.

  3. Ian says:

    PEC is living up to Yogi Berra’s famous saying. “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

  4. Paul Cole says:

    Our unused industrial park could provide some much needed FREE parking with a pay to use shuttle bus to the down town core just an idea folks…

  5. Susan says:

    Where and how do you create more parking for this amount of people.

  6. Maggie Capon says:

    Parking is inadequate and tourists and locals alike are stopping in no parking areas.

  7. Fred says:

    They have right of way, signal or not.

  8. Dave says:

    It would help if people used their turn signals at the town hill–this includes locals as well

  9. Tammy Beaumont says:

    The stop signs in Cherry Valley should be monitored more closely. People do not stop at those signs!!

  10. wilson says:

    We keep promoting the “County” but the County is not prepared for the influx of visitors. Traffic and overcrowding is getting out of hand.

  11. hockeynan says:

    I wish someone could teach them about stopping at the top of the town hill.

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