The local RCMP Officer in Charge is applauding the provincial government’s ‘An Act to Modernize Enforcement of Provincial Offences’.
Superintendent Don McKenna says this means people with overdue fines for minor offences will no longer risk jail time.
“That makes perfect sense as opposed to sending police officers out to arrest somebody for a ticket and them getting a period of incarceration so it frees up a lot of time for the justice system.”
He says it is a better use of public money “for the collection and fines to be done when they are renewing their drivers licence as opposed to arresting the person, bringing them down to the office, having them raise money or if they can’t raise money then going to jail.”
The changes come into effect May 1.
“The benefit of these new measures is that police, court staff, judges and others in the justice system will no longer have to spend thousands of hours each year processing warrants issued for minor offences. We know their time is better spent focusing on more serious and violent matters,” said Kathleen Ganley, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.