Video surveillance, speed bumps aimed at dangerous drivers on TC Square parking lot

Melissa Jenkins
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The Trinity Conception Square Shopping Centre (TC Square) has one of the largest parking lots in the region, so it’s not uncommon for people to gather after hours.

Photo by Melissa Jenkins

But on Sunday, May 31 the gathering ended with a visit from the RCMP.

Almost three-dozen vehicles lined the outer perimeter of the rear parking lot at the mall after 8 p.m. Within a few hours, there were dark black tire treads and burnt rubber all over the pavement.

Video surveillance, which The Compass has seen, shows a gold coupe (appears to be a Sunfire or Cavalier) speeding, drifting and spinning erratically across the asphalt, leaving marks behind it.

The driver of the same vehicle then places his bumper against the concrete base of a light pole, and proceeds to floor his gas pedal, creating a lot of smoke from his front tires. A large pile of black rubber is now embedded in the pavement.

Another vehicle, a brand new black truck, is also seen doing donuts on the parking lot in the footage.

TC Square property manager Wally Snow told The Compass Thursday some of the spectators likely came from the Bay Wheels Car Show in Bay Roberts.

“People come here to take part in extra curricular activities after car shows,” Snow said.

Last year, he had to barricade the parking lot after a car show in Carbonear, so vehicles couldn’t gather there. He believes he may have to continue to do the same.

Snow explained the entire parking lot is under surveillance 24 hours a day, and video is recorded and kept for a length of time. The recordings are high quality.

Snow noted that the mall parking lot is private property, and he felt lucky line painting had not been completed yet this year.

“It would have been a waste of money,” he said.

Meanwhile, two RCMP cruisers did arrive two vehicles showed up to disperse the crowd.

Staff Sgt. Greg Hicks did confirm for The Compass there were several traffic-related complaints made during the weekend of the car show and officers were assigned to patrol the areas where vehicles are known to gather afterwards.

Speed bumps and fire lanes

Another concern that has been plaguing the TC Square is speeding traffic in front of the building.

Visitors to the centre Thursday morning were greeted by speed bumps at both the Dominion and Walmart entrances.

“People need to slow down,” Snow emphasized.

The sections where the speed bumps are placed are also cross walks. Snow hopes this deters people from not stopping for pedestrians and to be more careful going across the parking lot.

Something that Snow also hopes gets addressed soon is the constant parking of vehicles in the fire lane in front of the building.

“We have requested the assistance of the Carbonear (municipal enforcement officer),” he explained. “Not every day, but stopping in every once and again could help deter people from parking there.”

Snow believes there is much more that can be done in the future to help promote a safe parking lot, and he is on board to do whatever he needs to. The security cameras and speed bumps are likely just the beginning. He noted there could be more speed bumps added in the future.

“We have come a long way in the last few years,” he said. “And there’s more we are looking into.”

Organizations: The Compass, RCMP, Dominion Walmart

Geographic location: Carbonear, Bay Roberts

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  • Mr X
    June 13, 2015 - 12:19

    Don't say much for the people who work and shop at Rossy!

  • mall shopper
    June 11, 2015 - 20:10

    I don't agree with what the people were doing . If people were sensible maybe hanging at the mall would be ok. But its the few that goda ruin it for everyone. I agree with the speed bumps! I think thru need more and wider. Ill admit my husband avoided them today by going between them *small car* . With regards to the survalience wow im.shocked i knows people that have gotten their cars broken into or damaged and cops couldeny do a thing. So much for great servalance only way it will help is with custom cars

  • Agreeable citizen
    June 09, 2015 - 19:57

    I agree with Mr. Observer,, I've been waiting to see tickets handed out at the mall !!

  • EDfromRED
    June 09, 2015 - 15:19

    I guess the police are too busy Patrolling Twitter to Patrol in cars.

  • Duffy
    June 09, 2015 - 13:32

    Until we get a professional law enforcement organization with responsible supervisors for Newfoundland we will always have issues related to No or very little enforcement. If you know a Mountie just ask them what is more important to the or paper trails. The answer will be paper trails.

  • Mr. Observer
    June 09, 2015 - 12:00

    Speaking of the enforcement officer, so called, what happened to enforcement of parking violations at the Carbonera Mall? A lot of press was given to this a short time ago that would see the enforcement officer ticket offenders at the mall. People who use the mall on a daily basis report that they never see any ticketing, but they see plenty of offenders. People who work at the mall say they do not see much ticketing going on either, nor the presence of any enforcers. Can the Town report to the tax payers the number of parking tickets the enforcement officer has issued to Mall offenders since the Town took over such enforcement?

  • Carbo
    June 09, 2015 - 11:10

    It's about time! Only took what, 6 years after that young woman got hit and killed for them to put in speed bumps..

  • Jen Butt
    June 09, 2015 - 10:52

    Wally Snow is correct when he said large crowds gather ,not just after a show but Im sure every night! I just want to remind everyone that not long ago we were all young and foolish also! We would park on the now Powells lot (use to be Ayres) ! It was a meeting place,everyone would park side by side to talk and make plans for the night or just to hang out! Im sure Wally can remember those days! We were never a threat to anyone BUT the police would still come and tell us to leave the lot! Its the same problem we had that the kids now have NO WHERE TO GO ,NOTHING TO DO ! Yes I will admit there were donuts attempted then too but no one and no property was damaged! So before everyone starts acting like something like this never happened before I would suggest remembering your younger self sitting in a car truck or whatever chatting it up on the LOT because that was the place to go ! I know your going to say that was then and this is now ,well NO, its the same thing! So Wally please before you make any drastic changes or decisions why not come up with a solution ,ie a place where the people can gather and do these things,remember YOU were once their age too!

    • @Jenn
      June 09, 2015 - 16:34

      We were never kicked off the Ayre's parking lot for chatting! I do know that living in the area back in the day the squealing and screeching of tires would keep folks awake until the early morning hours. That's what caused the problems. Now if the surveillance cameras would only capture those litterbugs BTM that would also be an added blessing.

  • Nichole
    June 09, 2015 - 10:41

    Needs to have one on every entrance, not just Walmart & Dominion.