Canmore, Alberta – On Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 Canmore RCMP received several complaints of vehicles parked on the shoulder of Highway 1A near Grotto Recreation area in both directions. Detachment members made patrols of the area and observed many vehicles parked in contravention of signage in the immediate area and potentially causing risk to other users of the Highway. Many vehicles were parked well within one metre of the driving lanes. In addition to permanent signage installed in the area, there is a large temporary sign set up at the entry to the parking lot stating that there is no parking permitted on the highway or the ditch.
A number of violation tickets have been issued by mail to Registered Owners of vehicles blatantly disregarding no parking signage in the area. One vehicle was parked immediately beside the sign indicating that there is no stopping permitted for the “Next 2 km”.
Over the past few months Canmore RCMP have responded to numerous parking complaints on Highway 1A near Gap Lake and Grotto Recreation area. Vehicles parked unsafely have been towed and some violation tickets have been issued. Detachment members have spent time in the identified areas engaging with motorists regarding the hazards of parking unsafely, but unfortunately the problem seems to be escalating with motorists blatantly ignoring signage and warnings.
“Parking on the shoulder of the highway is just one part of the problem. People are standing around their vehicles with doors and trunks open, walking on the highway in order to access the recreation areas, many appearing to forget or disregard that they are on a primary highway,” says Sergeant Stan Andronyk, Canmore RCMP. “There has also been a collision and a number of near misses caused by driver’s slowing quickly and performing U-turns in the middle of the highway in order to park.”
Section 43(3) of the Use of Highway Rules of the Road Regulation states that a vehicle shall not be parked on the roadway, parking lane, or shoulder of a provincial highway except where it is incapable of moving under it’s own power, an emergency arises, or it is otherwise permitted by law. The fine for contravening this section is $162.00.
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