City councillors asking residents to slow down

By Nigel Maxwell
August 30, 2018 - 5:24pm

People driving too fast through residential neighbourhoods is on the radar of at least two Prince Albert City councillors.

Ward 3 Coun. Evert Botha told paNOW he had recently seen several disturbing videos on social media, and said back lane traffic was a particular issue in the Midtown area.

"A lot of people use back lanes to access their property, to get their vehicles in and out of their garages, and people speeding up and down those back lanes are endangering the lives of children and their families," he said.

Botha said he was aware of at least one resident who had sent correspondence to city hall about the issue. Botha encouraged other residents with concerns to report it to the Prince Albert Police Service. 

"I know we can't necessarily patrol each and every back lane. I think the police traffic units have a select number of routes they are focusing on," Botha said.

Ward 8 Coun. Ted Zurakowski told paNOW the issue of speeding in residential areas had been a constant and frequent issue in his ward for years. 

"It's been frustrating, on my behalf, at times administration has been reluctant to look at traffic calming measures in certain areas," he said.

Zurakowski said among the reasons he has given for the reluctance are traffic counts not being high enough, and city staff not wanting to put traffic calming measures on collector roads such as Sixth Ave. W.

"Unfortunately that's often where people travel, where kids travel to and from school, and so sometimes traffic calming measures are needed on collector roads," he said.

Zurakowski said he would support any measure his colleagues brought forward. He added he did feel the expansion of Marquis Road to the west would relieve a lot of the traffic concerns in his area.

paNOW reached out to the Prince Albert Police Service for comment. Acting Staff Sgt. Travis Willie said police had received 14 speeding complaints this month and seven were in residential areas. Like Botha, Willie also encouraged residents with complaints to phone police and report it so police could identify potential problem areas.


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