It's been almost the perfect start to Christmas in Drumheller, with the kickoff Festival of Lights on the weekend. However, not everyone was happy about the big Christmas tree in the middle of the interseciton at 3 Avenue and Centre Street.
A number of drivers have been ticketed since Saturday for making a left turn despite the fact there are signs forbidding it.
"The signs are there for a reason; left turns are going to be dangerous for both other vehicles and pedestrians," noted Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles of the Drumheller RCMP. "We want to make sure the intersection is safe while that tree is up, hence the 'no left turn' signs."
Charles understands that it's been 20 years since the big Christmas tree was downtown, but he doesn't think that's any excuse for drivers who got a tickect.
"It's very clearly marked: I don't think anyone can argue that fact, " he argued. "It's kind of like the intersection over by Fas Gas; that's clearly marked as well, no straight through or left hand turns, and people still do it."
Charles understands that no-one really needs an extra expense in the weeks before Christmas, but he maintains it's far better than the possible alternative.
"If we get a pedestrian who gets hit downtown, the questions will be asked: Where were the police? Why weren't they down there conducting traffic safety?"
Under the Alberta Traffic Act the penalty for an unsafe left turn is $115 and two demerit points on your license.
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