Woman wins fight over traffic ticket

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CORNER BROOK — A woman ticketed for allegedly going through a red light at the busy intersection of O’Connell Drive and University Drive has had the ticket thrown out by a provincial court judge.

Carla Wells fought the ticket she was issued by the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary after an officer said she had proceeded through the red light last Oct. 29.

The incident happened at the busy intersection at around 8:55 a.m. on a Monday morning.

In court, Wells told Judge Wayne Gorman that the traffic light turned yellow just as she was reaching the intersection and it would have been unsafe to stop. In his analysis of the evidence, Gorman said there was no basis on which the RNC officer’s evidence “can be favoured over Ms. Wells’ evidence” and there was reasonable doubt as to whether the traffic light she drove through had actually turned red before Wells entered the intersection.

“I accept Ms. Wells’ evidence that it would have been dangerous for her to have attempted to stop just before entering the intersection,” said Gorman in a written decision. “Doing so would have caused Ms. Wells’ vehicle to have stopped within the intersection itself.”

Organizations: O’Connell Drive and University Drive

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK

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  • driver
    February 09, 2013 - 17:23

    I know some drivers make it a habit to jump lights, but the yellow light at a long intersection such as this is too quick. I use this intersection several times a day, and observe plenty on drivers caught on the light change through no fault of their own.

  • kp
    February 09, 2013 - 12:05

    Do you know what is really WRONG in this story? Its that the Judge does not give the Police Officer any respect! The Police Officer is an officer of the law, a part of the Justice system, sometimes, no MOST TIMES, his/her word should carry more weight than the accused! Sometimes the "only evidence" is the Police Officer saying I observed such and such, if all the defence has to say is No you didnt then its a JOKE.

    • Disappointed
      February 10, 2013 - 09:28

      That's precisely what is right about this story. Put yourself in the driver's seat after this ticket. While you'd obviously be fine with being convicted on the here-say of one person; a he said, she said if you will... I'd still prefer the burden of proof to be on the accuser if I ever find myself in a court.

    • GetReal
      February 14, 2013 - 08:46

      Nothing is WRONG with this story, the only WRONG thing here is your ignorance. Just becasue someone choose to pursue a career as a Police Officer, does not mean they are more correct in a court of law. Just becase someone wheres a badge does not mean their ideas and views are more correct. The WRONG is when someone gets convicted of a crime they didnt commit beasue the all mighty cop said so. Dont get me wrong I have the utmost respect for Police Officers in this provience as they perfrom a necessary dutie to the people. However nothing rots me more than when someone figures law enforcement desirve more respect than the average civilian.

  • ryan
    February 08, 2013 - 16:30

    right on carla..the police should park by the scotia bank on broadway people have no respect for the disable .you could wright tickets all day in that spot.....just saying

  • Simone
    February 08, 2013 - 14:50

    Are you serious? Hoping for serious crimes to be committed so you can have something to read?? Give your head a shake and be grateful that that's all you have to read about.

  • CBer
    February 08, 2013 - 10:43

    Most people here do not know what a solid white line is for... If there is a solid white line between lanes... you cannot change lanes. If you are at the solid white lane dividing line when the light turns yellow you go through, if you are further back, and the white line is not solid, you have the safe stopping distance for the light.

  • Foghorn Leghorn
    February 08, 2013 - 09:00

    All I can say it must have been a slow news day from the courts. Hopefully there are more newsworthy court files to cover in the near future.