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  • Police remind motorists to obey traffic signs

    Chestermere RCMP are reminding drivers of the importance to follow posted streets signs when driving in the community.
    Chestermere RCMP’s traffic officer, Const. Jeff Kalan said common infractions he has seen recently included speeding and driving on the closed portion of Township Road 240.
    Township Road 240 is closed between Range Road 282 and Rainbow Road and will remain so until September 2019.
    Chestermere RCMP’s traffic officer, Const. Jeff Kalan said that both himself and city Peace Officers have handed out a number of tickets to motorists caught using the road.
    Anyone driving on that stretch of road is disobeying a traffic control device.
    “There are those signs going across the road even if there is a gap for you to fit through, there are still signs posted saying road closed, do not enter,” he said.
    “There is a fine…of $233 for that particular offence,” said Kalan, “street signs are there for our safety.”
    When it comes to speeding, the concern, especially as the roads become icy, is that it reduces driver’s reaction time.
    “The speed limits are…meant for the safety of others and yourself,” he said.
    Kalan estimates that more than half the traffic tickets he writes are for speeding.