A highway intersection southwest of Drumheller has seen at least two serious accidents in recent months and some area residents want something done to fix it.
Marlene Kuca represents a group that has drawn up a petition asking Alberta Transportation to make changes to the existing setup where Highway 564 meets Highway 840 north of Standard.
"The 840 is kind of at the bottom of a coulee, there's a hill on both sides, so when you're coming down the 564, on both sides there's four sets of rumble strips and there's stop signs at the bottom on both sides, east and west," she explained. "People are blowing those stop signs, they're not stopping, they're not paying attention."
A friend of Kuca's was seriously injured in June when she was hit by an eastbound vehicle on 564. A few days later, on July 3, two people were killed when a minivan ran the stop sign and t-boned an SUV.
"Whether they choose to make the rumble strips deeper and put lights on the stop signs, make it a four way stop, or reverse the stop signs, take them off the 564 and put them on the 840," she suggested as possible fixes.
Kuca's group is not trying to tell the government what to do, other than investigate the problem and come up with a solution to prevent further death and injury there.
"In Drumheller, right now the only place we have a petition is at John Deere (Cervus Equipment), in Strathmore we have one at the Travel Lodge adn the town office, in Rockyford we have it at the hotel and at the town office, in Standard we have it at the Co-op, Gates Agencies and the seniors (lodge), and in Rosebud it's at one of their local gift shops."