The Province of Prince Edward Island is planning on reviewing and then overhauling P.E.I’s Highway Traffic Act (H.T.A). Apparently there are complaints that it is too difficult to interpret and has to be made more user friendly.
The H.T.A. is being overhauled to clear up confusion that the RCMP and the Municipal police have about the legislation.
P.E.I’s Transportation Minister Ron MacKinley told CBC News on May 13, 2010 that he had requested a review of the act after he heard concerns from RCMP and municipal police about problems enforcing it.
“We’re paying $12 million a year or something for the contract for RCMP, and it’s frustrating for them when they’re trying to write a ticket to spend time on the side of the road trying to figure out which part of the act they should be charging these people under,” said MacKinley.
“It’s not their fault. It’s just the fault of the act. There’s three or four, five, six different ways you can charge somebody, then you’ve got to be able to make the charges stick in the courts.”
MacKinley says police representatives, lawyers and justice officials from across the Island took part in the review. He says his department will be looking for their input again when drafting new legislation. He expects the work will be complete and introduced in the legislature by this time next year.