Effective May 15, 2017, Slave Lake Enforcement services will begin ticketing drivers who turn left of center into CJ Schurter Public School parking lot.
Drivers are reminded that turning left of center is a traffic infraction. Drivers who turn left to park their vehicles, can and will be charged under the Highway and Rules of Road Regulations.
Mayor Tyler Warman stated in a statement “Turning Left across traffic, where a solid yellow line is present or not present - is not legal, and more importantly not safe.”
Ruth Rolfe the Director of Community Services for the Town of Slave Lake said in a statement that this has become a reoccurring theme, “Over the last few months there has been numerous instances where drivers, who are taking their children to school, are turning left to park in the angled parking lots at C.J Schurter . We are working with the Town operations department to have lines painted at CJ Schurter and EG Wahlstrom and to have additional signage put up, so there will be no confusion as to the rules of the road”.
The Town of Slave Lake Peace Officers have been handing out warnings only, working on educating parents about turning left of center and how it’s prohibited under the traffic safety act.
Slave Lake Senior Peace Officer Mark Becker stated, “The consensus by nearly all offenders we speak with say they didn’t even know that was an offence. I spoke with a school official this morning who said they would appreciate having a solid “yellow line” as a visual and I would agree with this. Naturally we would likely assume that turning left of center is legal because there is no signage and no visual solid line. That is just not the case – and starting May 15th we will be issuing tickets.”
RCMP Staff Sargent Chris Murphy echoes the Town’s concerns “We have had several near misses this year, and have had information out on this previously – we want to create a safer environment before something serious happens. Our Officers will be ticketing as well”