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The Mountaineer - Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada
© 2007 The Mountaineer Publishing Company Limited.


Busy September long weekend for local law enforcement
By Diane Spoor
Staff Reporter

It was another busy weekend out west over the September long weekend.
Sgt. Terri Miller with the Clearwater County Highway Patrol said speeders were a huge problem.
Officers handed out 198 speeding tickets in just the Nordegg area, with the top speed clocked in at 171 km/h. Miller said while 171 was the highest there were innumerable vehicles travelling in the 140 to 150 km/h range.
To complicate matters, Miller said many people were pulling over to the side of highway to take pictures, or go for a walk or a hike. Vehicles lined not only the ditches, but the shoulder of the road too, making traffic and pedestrian safety a real concern.
The congestion did nothing to slow vehicles down. Neither did emergency vehicles with lights on.
Miller said during the Allstones wildfire, emergency services had to call Clearwater County Highway Patrol to assist with traffic control.
“People are not slowing down for emergency vehicles,” said Miller. Traffic in the west country has been a huge concern since March.
“Provincial traffic counts have doubled in the last six months,” said Miller.