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January 7, 2009

It was still dark with snow drifting across highways at 8:30 a.m. on January 2 (top) while a few minutes later snowplows were heading out into the country for a day’s work. Bottom picture shows the town crew helping to clear streets of snow later the same day. ©Provost News Photos.

RCMP to Step Up Intersection Surveillance
Intersections Called “The Silent Killer”
During January, RCMP officers including those at Provost and their road safety partners will step up their efforts to reduce the destruction of lives at intersections throughout Alberta.

Alberta Facts:
• In 2007, 92 people were killed and 10,092 people were injured in collisions at Alberta intersections.
• About 90 per cent of collisions were attributable to driver error.
• Driving properly and safely is important to reducing collisions.
• In Alberta in 2007, three of the top five most frequently identified improper driver actions were making a left turn across path (13 per cent), committing a stop sign violation (8 per cent), and disobeying a traffic signal (7.3 per cent).
• In Canada, 30 per cent of fatalities and 40 per cent of serious injuries from collisions involved an intersection.
• In Canada, more than half of intersection fatalities and almost three-quarters of serious injuries occur in urban areas.
• Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk carries a fine of $575 plus four demerit points.

• Over 90 per cent of the fatal and serious injury collisions in Alberta occur in areas policed by the RCMP.
• Between 14 and 24 per cent of all fatalities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba occur at intersections in rural areas.
• In Alberta RCMP jurisdiction, approximately 15 per cent of all deaths from traffic collisions are due to an intersection infraction.
• Twenty-five per cent of all fatal and serious injury collisions occur at intersections in rural locations where there is a stop sign.
• Failing to obey a stop sign may result in a fine of $287 plus three demerit points against your license, or worse, may result in a serious or fatal collision.

“The results of an intersection collision, especially on highways and roadways that have higher speed limits, can be devastating,” says Inspector James Stiles, officer-in-charge “K” Division Traffic Services. “Public safety is paramount, and police officers will continue to focus on the driving behaviours that put the public at risk: failing to stop, proceeding from intersections when unsafe to do so, speed, and failing to yield the right of way to other vehicles or pedestrians.” Drivers are required to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. This means that the vehicle’s wheels must come to a complete stop before the driver may proceed safely into the intersection. This complete stop gives the driver the opportunity to look for any oncoming traffic, whether it’s a pedestrian, cyclist, or tractor trailer. Failing to stop at stop signs and/ or failing to proceed safely after stopping are some of the high-risk driving behaviours that could result in a serious collision that could forever change your life or the life of someone you love.

While education and enforcement are tools that may have an impact on road safety, the most important factor is driver attitude. With all road users working together, we will reduce the carnage that results at our intersections.

“Following an intersection-related collision, RCMP officers often hear excuses such as there’s never anything coming, so I didn't think there would be this time or there wasn't anyone at the last stop sign so I automatically entered the intersection after a rolling stop," says Inspector James Stiles, officer-in-charge, “K” Division Traffic Services. “Not expecting another car or person in the intersection is a weak excuse for putting your own or someone else’s life at risk. When you approach a stop sign, come to a full and complete stop. Every time. No exceptions.”

Full story in January 7 edition of The Provost News.
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Town Appoints Councillors to Activity Centre Building Committee
The regular meeting of the Town of Provost for December was held on Tuesday, December 16. Following is an unapproved summary.

Council authorized the following:
To hear one delegation.

To approve the bank reconciliation, super savings statements and the payables for the month of November.

That the minutes of the regular meeting of council from November 18 be approved.

To remove the barricade in the back alley behind the IGA and T. McNalley’s Oilfield Service.

To appoint councillors Chopek, Dennehy and Gregory to the Regional Activity Centre Building Committee and Chopek to the fund raising committee.

Full story in January 7 edition of The Provost News.
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Hughenden Students Gather 2,201 Items for Food Bank
The students at Hughenden Public School found a unique way to give back to the community this Christmas. Challenged by the school Leadership/ Dare to Care group students competed to see who could bring in the highest number of food bank donations.

On the final day cross-grade teams used the donated items to create “castles” in the gym. Prizes were awarded for the team with the highest number of items and for the team with the most creative castle structure. Much fun and school spirit were generated.   

The Grade 7-11 team brought in the most food items and the Grade 4-9A team won for their creative Taj Mahal replica.  The real winner is the food bank who received a whopping donation of 2,201 food items. The Christmas Frolic Dance sponsored a loonie from each individual’s admission towards turkeys for the FCSS Christmas hampers.  Two hundred dollars was raised.  Principal Susan Campbell said that “We are very proud of the generosity and citizenship demonstrated by our school.”

Full story and photo in January 7 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask : "Did You Make a New Year’s Resolution?"
. . . and we heard answers from Eleanor Asman, Mandy Johnson, Gerald Fleck, Patti Varty, and Megan Slater. Check out the January 7 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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