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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta sale driving week 66 per cent of local traffic accidents caused by alcohol By DAVID B. BLY Herald SUff Writer More than 66 per cent of Lethbridge's traffic accidents in 1972 were caused directly or in- directly by estimates an alcoholism counsellor. Norman E. court alcoholism counsellor for the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission and moderator of the impaired drivers says the majority of traffic accidents occur because of someone's misuse of alcohol. I think 66 per cent is a conservative he said. December is traditionally the big month for traffic accidents. Insp. W. 0. head of the Lethbridge City Police traffic says this is due in part to the heavier drinking which seems to be part of the festive season. This is one of the reasons the Alberta Safety Council has set aside the first week of December as Safe Driving Week. Large amounts of material in the form of com- mercials and news releases have been disseminated to put across the message that driving under the influence of alcohol is driving un- safely. But the city police are busily educating drinking drivers in a rather unforgettable way the 24 hour suspension. A driver suspected of being impaired is asked to turn in his driver's licence for 24 hours. has made the public much more cautious in their drinking says Insp. West. How much effect the program has had on people's drinking habits has not yet been but the Lethbridge Community College new- spaper affixes blame for reduced business in the college cabaret to the Alberta Check Stop campaign. the Check Stop aimed at getting impaired drivers off the was old hat to the city police when the campaign began Nov. 1. They had been sending suspected impaired drivers home for nearly a year. were getting a lot of im- paired drivers in the said Insp. West. had provision for 24-hour suspensions in the Highway Traffic Act but we weren't using They started suspending drivers this and have had about 350 24- hour suspensions so far. The per cent of the drivers we have suspended have been very co- operative and even very Insp. West said. Of a person does not have to accept a patrolman's word about the degree of impairment he can take a breathalyzer test. One driver demanded such a test and was found to have a blood- alochol level of twice the max- imum allowed by law. Instead of los- ing his licence for 24 he lost it for six months and had to pay a 1150 fine as well. doing the driver a as well as the the inspector said. of these drivers are an accident looking for a place to The number of hit and run ac- cidents and minor parking lot fender-benders is down this and Insp. West feels the practice of suspending drivers has a lot to do with it. And the program has probably contributed to the fact that Lethbridge has not had a traffic fatality since 1972. Mr. Briscoe is not so niggardly with his praise of the 24-hour suspen- sion program. think the police are doing an ex- cellent he said. only are they saving us thousands of dollars in property they are saving The one drawback to the program is an attitude some drivers seem to Insp. West said. think they can go out and have a good time and just lose their licence he said. only the borderline cases are suspended for 24 those who would probably blow .08 or .09 on the breathalyzer. Anyone impaired to any noticeable degree will be And no second either. said the inspector. next time we bring him How much does a chap drink before he's If a 160-pound man took six 1V2 ounce drinks of whisky or other spirits in a two hour period he would have a level of about .12. He would have to wait three hours without drinking for the level to come down to .08 or less. Drinking more than it has become part of the Christmas season. you imagine how merry Christmas will be with your car wrapped around a pole and your head caved said Mr. Briscoe philosophically. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION December 1973 Pages 13-24 Leads delegation Rev. Ken Jordan leads a delegation to council chambers Monday night. Mr. Jordan presented council with a petition signed by residents who are unhappy with the traffic situation at 2nd Avenue and 13th Street N. COUNCIL BRIEFS Animal shelter bid okayed A tender from Glen Little Construction for the consruction of an air- conditioned animal shelter was approved by city council Monday. Two other bids on the pound which will be built just north of the city limits on 13th Street N. were received. F. D. Wagner Construction Ltd. bid and Kenwood Engineering Construction Ltd. bid on the job. The bylaw providing the financing for the project is scheduled for second and third reading by council at its next meeting Dec. 17. Aid. Bill Kergan offered his arm for an Alberta mosquito indexing program next summer but the rest of coun- cil showed little interest in the department of the environ- ment program. The department wants to monitor mosquito activity throughout the province next summer in various towns and cities and the provincial and national parks. It would do this simply by having a person bare an arm to the mosquitos in a given locality at' a set time and count the number of bites. The the department said in a letter to would have no scientific validity but would give people an idea of what to expect when they are in the monitoring areas. can't see any point in do- ing said Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. doesn't make any Council voted to simply file the letter. City council may begin its discussions on the city's form of government in January. Mayor Andy Anderson said he had invited Bill Isbister. College to reconsider moonlighting policy The faculty of the Lethbridge Community College is expected to present a revised policy on moonlighting to the college board of governors Wednesday. Ken LCC faculty gave notice at the governor's November meeting that he would be presenting fairer Wednesday for the board's approval. Mr. Riley told the November meeting that he Feels the board can set the hours of work for faculty members at the college but lias no right to control moonlighting during a member's leisure hours. The board policy now re- luires that faculty members isk board permission to hold tart-time positions awav from the according to Bob board chairman. Dr. C. D. is to suggest to the governors Wednesday that they consider including all employees of the college un- der the moonlighting policy. The policy now just applies to academic staff. In other the gover- nors will be informed that the City Lethbridge is willing to answer their plea for an im- proved public transportation service to the for a price. The plea was for a transpor- tation service for people who take evening courses. J. W. city transit said in a letter to LCC that the cost of providing an evening bus is about per day. The city provided an even- inff hue tn ttiA for several but discon- tinued it when patronage below one passenger per bus he says in the letter. The LCC board of governors will also be informed Wednes- day that the department of ad- vanced education has arrang- ed for a Dec. 19 meeting with all post-secondary invitations to be held in Edrr' iton. The meeting was called to discuss program co-ordination and transferability of students among Alberta's post- secondary institutions. The transfer of students between the University of Lethbridge and LCC has been a concern of administrators in both institutions for several months now. They have been attempting to establish some type of transfer but still have not reached an deputy minister of municipal to participate in the discussions and he had in- dicated he may be able to come to the city in mid- January. Council decided it wanted to look at alternative types of civic administration following former city manager Tom Nutting's resignation in Oc- tober. Billiard halls just aren't the dens of iniquity trapping un- witting innocent young boys into a life of evil that they used to be. Recognizing the changes that time has city council Monday decided not to enact a bylaw to replace the provincial Billiards Rooms Act which was repealed in the spring session of the legislature effective Dec. 1. The act made pool halls off limits to youngsters under 16 and forced them to close on Sundays. The city will boost its inven- tory of commonly-used materials to from The approved by council was recommended as a hedge against inflation and lengthy delivery times. In a report to City Manager Allister Findlay said price increases of 20 to 50 per cent could be expected in 1974. According to cost com- parisons compiled by the price increases this year were fairly with the price of one-inch copper for ex- rising 61.2 per cent between March and October. Delivery of material is also causing problems. Utilities director Oli Erdos told council city departments have to order some items they use daily as much as 12 tf stnt ho i n MSIA petition spurs light approval By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Traffic lights will be install- ed at the controversial 2nd Avenue and 13th Street N. but it could be next summer before they're in place. City engineering director Randy Holfeld told city coun- cil it will likely take six to eight months to get delivery on the signal lights. He said he was firmly against moving the lights at 2nd Avenue to 2nd and council which had voted 6-2 in favor of putting in lights on 2nd agreed with him on that point. Council's decision brings to an end a month-long initiated in council chambers by Aid. Bill which culminated in the presenta- tion Monday of a petition for signal lights at the intersection by Rev. Ken Jordan of First United Church Rev. Jordan told council the church board had drawn up the petition some time ago before the lights became an issue at because two members of the church's congregation had been seriously injured while cross- ing the intersection. Still in hospital One was an elderly woman who suffered a broken leg and fractured skull in an accident two years ago and the other was a middle-aged woman who is still in hospital recovering from injuries she suffered when struck by a car at the crossing in mid- October. But it was the city engineer- ing department's own or more accurately what these statistics did not that swayed at least two members of council to vote for the lights. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff and Aid. Vera Ferguson both said they thought the traffic advisory committee would recognize there was a problem at the intersection and at least propose a compromise solution. But the traffic committee recommended no change at either the 2nd Avenue or 2nd Avenue intersections. It based its decision on the fact that traffic counts show- ed only 108 cars per hour entering the intersection from 2nd 42 short of the minimum standard require- ment for installation of lights. The counts also showed a maximum of cars travelling in a north-south direction on 13th well above the minimum 600 re- quirement. What cinched the matter for Deputy Mayor Hembroff was an admission by Mr. Holfeld that pedestrians are not taken into account in traffic light considerations. Controls for cars control devices are generally put in place for Mr. Holfeld said. have the right of way at uncontrolled intersec- Aid. Kergan brought some statistics of his own to coun- cil. are 25 traffic lights in South Lethbridge for he said. are only three lights for people in North in North Lethbridge need con- he I'm not running for mayor of North Lethbridge Only Aid. Steve Kotch spoke out against the lights although Mayor Andy Anderson also voted against the resolution bringing them in. Aid. Kotch supported the recommendation of the traffic committee and suggested the police force be asked to rigid- ly enforce the traffic bylaws at the two intersections. He also felt pedestrians could do a better job of look- ing out for themselves. about time pedestrians smartened up in this town and realized they're not the only users of the he said. Landfill operation gets council approval City council approved all recommendations Monday made by the city's engineer- ing department for operation of the city landfill. The city's contract with Aneca Construction Ltd. for operation of the landfill will be terminated at the end of the month and the city will take over the job of burying Lethbridge's tons of garbage a year. In. approving the council asked for a report next May on how the new arrangements are working. The city will operate the landfill 12 hours a day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day ex- cept Sunday. It will also operate a weigh scale which has already been charging a base rate of a ton which is ex- revenue to cover the operating costs of the estimated at in 1974. An expenditure of on solid waste disposal is included in the 1976 capital budget projections. Lethbridge taking 'fat-cat' approach Lethbridge is taking a fat-cat attitude by leaving its Christmas lights burning all night Aid Vera Ferguson said Monday or not there is an energy crisis here we should make some token effort to show we are aware others are not so she said. She suggested they be turned on only from 5 to 11 p m The Christmas lights at the like street are on from dusk to often still burning cheerily away as downtown workers arrive at their jobs at 8 a.m. Aid. Ferguson's comments were made at the end of council's regular meeting as an inquiry. No action on the matter was taken Monday. New city fees Child's swimming fees to be increased A revised fee schedule which will give the city a 50 cent return on the dollar on facilities it was approved by city council Mon- day. The new schedule will generally increase rates charged for rental of the Yates Memorial Centre and the Civic Centre as well as some charges to teams using city sports stadiums and ice rinks. Children and students will pay a little more at swimming pools and skating rinks but the basic adult rate will stay the at 60 cents. Children's rates are up from 20 to 25 but youngsters 14 and rather than 12 and fall into this category. Students aged and 17 will pay 40 cents. Winter and summer family season passes at swimming pools and skating rinks will now cost up from in the summer and in the winter. Community services direc- tor Bob Bartlett told council the commercial rate for ren- tal of city facilities will be higher than that charged com- munity groups. He also said community groups were consulted as much as possible concerning the increases and there was very little negative reaction. While the city will still be subsidizing the operation of city-run facilities by 50 per Mr. Bartlett said earlier when the community services advisory committee was con- sidering the new fee schedule that the return last year was only 30 to 35 cents on the dollar. Final knell for old tower It's all over for the Central School bell tower. The edifice which was saved from destruction earlier this year as an historical relic by a group that thought it was made of turns out to be of mere tin and wood construction By some City Manager Allister Findlay said in a report to the tower did not fall apart when it was moved to the city stores yard this spring where it has since sat taking up valuable storage space. am positive it could not be moved again as it is in such a state of decay and is not worth he said. Council agreed and sounded the final knell for the old bell tower Monday. Mayors9 invitation rejected Despite the fact city council has often debated the value of retaining its membership in the Canadian Federation of Mayors and council Monday declined an invitation to help restructure the organization. A resolution put forward by Aid. Steve Kotch that council set up a committee to submit recommendations to the it was suggested in- dividual council members could make if they wished. Mayor Andy Anderson claimed the larger cities wanted to take control of the organization and would do it if they were 'the only ones to make suggestions for restruc- turing. The executive committee of restructuring of the federa- tion at its January meeting and is seeking submissions from its members. Mayor Anderson said the organization has been effec- tive in its presentations to the senior governments. The recently organized tri- level conferences will bring results in the long he ;