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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Highway patrols watch stupid drivers By D'ARCY RICKARO HeraM District Editor think he is going 65. I just drop my speed hold it on 65. We will assume UuVguy is a candidate to be checked. we are gaining on him. Now he is going just a little over 65. You he is gaining on me. I would stop him and tell him he is speeding. If his speed is above the speed limit he would be RCMP Sgt. Del Langenberger of Lethbridge talking. We rode together in an RCMP highway patrol vehicle that hits its prime pulling area at 85 miles an hour. It speeds well in excess of 100 miles an hour. On the highway to Blairmore he showed me how the MountieS enforce speed laws. the highway patrols were given better cars a few years fewer and fewer people try to outrun says Sgt. Langenberger. We were whipping along Highway 3. Beautiful fall Mountains covered with light green sky ribbon- ed above the then a blanket of blue-grey clouds. Foothills country. Terrible thing to die on the highway. Sgt. Langenberger offered us some instruction. you must know every hill or what have you on the road you are going to work. watch the rear view mirror and the road intently. See that vehicle where you can begin to see the roof. He didn't see me turn around again. Keep in sight are three-tenths of a mile or feet behind him. That is longer than I would normally clock. other thing you you come up very close behind him and clock for a shorter time. following about two-tenths of a that's a good distance. no circumstances can you permit him to go out of sight while clocking or until stopped. he has tramped on it pretty good. Let's get down here a little you have to keep your eye on oncoming traffic. You may see something more important than the fellow you are following. It takes a lot of concentration to do it correctly. really good area to patrol is right in these round hills. I watch in the rear view mirror. You really have to be on the ball. You must know far ahead and far behind exactly what the traffic is doing. After the police go by a lot of people will pull out and pass. what the he has gone the other way. work on the highway you have to watch a long way down the road. You have to be attuned for actions that indicate traffic offences ahead and behind. is no different than a jeweller looking at a diamond. He sees things you and I don't see. It just means knowing exactly what to look for. Sgt. Langenberger stopped. He pulled in to wait. A guy was burning up the highway. We wheeled out. My head whipped back. The patrol car was moving. He show- ed me how fast it moved. Speeder going 105 many people realize how quickly it all happens. I would have a speeder clocked and stopped inside of three to five minutes. average guy will swear up and down you couldn't have been behind him. You couldn't have been there. They just don't believe it happens so quickly. fastest one they checked with radar last month was going 105. That was with nobody chasing him. He was just going down the road To be clocked for two miles on the road is quite a luxury when in comparison with radar it is just like Your speed is recorded instantly. RCMP patrol It watches the fast boys. And girls too. The voice on the car radio said a juvenile girl was moving at 95. The plane was moving along above her. It was alerting a patrol vehicle ahead. Much safer than a high-speed chase. you have a real long there's a lot of tension. It takes a high degree of self-control when you stop the fellow. ask him for his operator's licence and registration. Then you walk back and forth a few checking his licence to cool off. have to know your you have to know the absolute maximum you can take the curves at safely. people are really on the ball. They are difficult to says Sgt. Langenberger. He's making sure RCMP highway patrols in the Lethbridge Blairmore to Medicine are catching irresponsible drivers. Self destruction Like all RCMP Sgt. with 18 years police the highway and in the is trained for a particular job. And he is dedicated. go to half a dozen fatal accidents or more in a along with just plain and you are exposed to the stupidity and carelessness of many of these ac- cidents. it has an affect on your he says. He says it is a for drivers to make a game out of highway infractions by try- ing to beat the police on the road. Highway driving is no game. If traffic is going to move it must move in an orderly manner. He says the ideal situation would be to create an at- mosphere or collective frame of mind where police wouldn't be needed. along the line we have to reverse the thinking here to the point where if you are caught Violating the tratfic it is not sort of I lost the game.' Drivers must realize they are getting fair justice for taking advantage of other people's safety. of us at the enforcement end believe the traf- fic violator is only getting what rather than 'losing the game.' is either the selfishness or inattention of the in- dividual that leads to traffic offences and traffic offences lead to accidents. person who works traffic on the highway for an extended it is amazing how that concern begins to creep up on you. We want to see the end of all ac- particularly fatal accidents. That's our A lert for speeders FlAfcAn I Colonies expand in area Six of seven Hutterite Colonies that have acquired land for expansion since the Communal Properties Act was are in the South. Recent expansions have oc- curred A colony near parent colony Granum on 435 acres. A colony near Grassy parent colony New on SJM acres. A colony near parent colony on acres. A colony near parent colony on 974 acres. A colony near parent colony on to be seeded next year. A colony near parent colony on 000 to be seeded next year. The largest acquisitions expand present colonies were acres by the Wolf Creek colony at Stirl- ing and acres by the Crystal Springs colony at Magrath. Hand-made furniture A tour of Dinosaur Provincial Park by members of the Little Bow Community Club stopped at the John Ware cabin to among other furniture made of tree stumps by the pioneer. 4-H plans weigh-in LOMOND Lo- mond 4-H Club will hold a calf weigh-in and organizational meeting Saturday at the. Melvin Magnuson farm. DATSUN Now On Display At FOREIGN CAR 1102-3rdAve. S. Phone 328-9651 Datum's new economy number. DATSUN SAVES New Datsun The B210 is the least expensive Datsun. Its engine was designed by the same team that enabled Datsun to claim better gas mileage than any other car sold in the United States according to US Government 1973 Environmental Protection Agency tests. Datsun saves New exterior The least expensive Datsun line features the dazzling B210 Hatchback. It's a vest pocket 240Z with performance to match Standard four-speed or optional automatic transmission New interior Inside the find comfort and fun for four. With reclining seats and full instrumentation The Hatchback has a cargo area as useful as that of a station wagon. New winter What you need depends on where you live. Datsun B210 is designed for Canadian conditions with newly developed anti-corrosion heavy duty electrical system arid a powerful heater. No-cost extras Reclining bucket scats Tinted glass all around Fold flat rear seat in Hatchback FlowMhrough ventilation system Full carpeting Whitewalls Rear window defroster Front disc brakes And many more all you really need b a I DATSUN There are more than 1300 Datsun dealers in North America. Foreign Car Ltd. 1109.3rd AVA. South 39R.QAK1 ;