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Better lights at major intersections

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I have a question about St. Albert Trail and Hebert Road. Why are there so many accidents at this intersection? Seven years ago I was in a four-car pileup at the same intersection. I was sitting at a red light along with another vehicle waiting for the light to change. All of a sudden two cars collided in the middle of the intersection. Both cars flew into the air. One completely turned facing the wrong way and the other flew right into my van and the car beside me! I am surprised that we all got out of it alive.

Yes, one car was speeding through a yellow/red and one was turning left, both wanting to beat the light. Two innocent vehicles ended up being in the collision while waiting at a red light. My point here is everyone knows someone who has been in an accident at the intersection on St. Albert Trail and Hebert Road. I donít think a week goes by without at least one accident at this intersection.

The solution is quite simple: just put up double red left-hand turning lights at the intersection in all four directions! Make the left hand turn a safe turn. You see this everywhere in Edmonton. It makes sense. It may take a bit longer to get through the intersection but at least you get through alive!

With the Anthony Henday so close to this intersection it will only get worse. The City says it has surplus funds left over this year, well put it to good use. Every major intersection in St. Albert should have double red left-hand turning lights for all left-hand turning lanes. No one should be turning left when straight through traffic is flowing. How much does this cost? Is saving a life not worth it? The city knows that the intersection is notorious for crashes. What does it take? Another innocent life? Simple answers can avoid accidents and save lives.

Lori Fabian, St. Albert


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