It irks me that the city and/or the police service are telling me that I cannot use publicly funded roads for several months merely to prevent increased traffic volume on nearby streets.
How is "local traffic only" defined? I live exactly one mile from the closed roads. I use those roads frequently. Am I local traffic? Do I just claim to have been travelling to a store on the side street or visiting a friend (lies, both of them)?
My research has shown that the police can shut down roads (section 134), but can they pick and choose who is allowed to drive on a particular road by defining who is local traffic?
The other aspect of this is that the signs are not in French. Don't know if that matters. Not that I speak French even a little bit.
Any advice would be appreciated.
As for signs not being in French, you'd have to live somewhere that's a designated bilingual community for it to matter.
The signs are black stencils on orange painted plywood. There are no circle/line "do not enter" signs but now that you mentioned it, there may be a 'by order of police' placard on the barricade. I'll have to double check.
Do the police have the authority to divert traffic for four months without cause?
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And again, those signs aren't placed by the police but by the City. Detours may be inconvenient, but they're supposed to help lessen backups due to construction and send traffic to non residential arterial roads that can handle the increased load.
It also helps to keep vehicles out of the are as Staton mentions to enable construction to be completed faster
Above is merely a suggestion/thought and in no way constitutes legal advice or views of my employer. www.OHTA.ca
Just to clarify because I don't think my original post made the point well. I haven't been charged with anything - I am actually enquiring because I am questioning whether or not I can defy this as a point of protest at what I consider unreasonable restrictions by the municipality and/or police.
The main street is under construction and is closed with proper signage, and with valid reason. No thoughts of even trying to drive down that road.
On adjacent parallel streets, there are no impediments to traffic. Its business as usual. However, a few residents complained that their normally quiet street has faced increased traffic because of the construction, and so signs went up stopping people from using those streets.
During the prior phase of construction, police would park in the middle of the blocks stopping drivers who turned onto those 'closed' side streets. I don't think it right, just, legal, or appropriate for the authorities (city or police) to barricade the entire length of four streets FOR SEVERAL MONTHS to force drivers away from passable roads and onto another high traffic road. Aside from aggravating traffic woes, I don't feel it right that some citizens can travel down those streets but others cannot. How does the officer determine whether I am local traffic or not?
If I were stopped for traveling on these streets, what are my odds of not paying a fine/earning demerit points?
Many thanks for your advice.