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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 "HE LETHBRIDGE HERAIO Salurcfay, Sepfember JS, 1971 Air traffic patrol at work in south RCMP persuit vehicle and 83 m.p.h. driver three speed checks made. Two "aircraft patrolled" markings and aircraft silhouettes indicate the start of a zone No swearing-in problems experienced by local MLAs The furor that has erupted; week in Edmonton has had no over provincial government repercussions, swearing in ceremonies this Eolh MLAs-Dick Gruemvald and Johnnie Ander been out of town this week and aren't expected back until next week. The trouble in Edmonton started when 27 Progressive I Conservative back benchers showed up for swearing-in cere- monies Wednesday, but neither leader Grant Notlev or Opposition leader Harry Strom and his 24 Social Credit mem- bers were in evidence. Governmenl officials said j I they had been invited but did not accept because Mr. Strom had other commitments. Two Calgary Social Credit members say only Mr. Strom received the invitation; they had not been notified. Premier Peter Lougheed's 21- member cabinet was sworn in two weeks ago. By LAKRY BENNETT Staff IVrilcr Highway traffic enforcement in southern Alberta will func- tion at peak efficiency with the addition of FiCMP aircraft pa- Ircls. The aircraft patrol method is not cluttered with complicated electronic equipment. The com- ponents of an aircraft patrol operation are a plane, single engine; a pilot; an observer; a two-way radio and pcrsuit vehicles on tlie ground. The aircraft patrol system functions not only as an effi- cient way of enforcing speed limits, but it can also be em- ployed to aid tracking of cars believed to have been used in thp commission of a crime. RCMP aircraft observers can also detect and report incidents of other infractions of the law such as littering, entering a highway when unsafe and fail- ure to follow posted instruc- tions. The aircraft patrol is, how- ever, most effectively and wide- ly employed to combat speed- ing. The method of "catching" speeders is very simple. Each aircraft observer is equipped with a clip-board specially de- signed to hold an accurate stop watch and a table of times and distances travelled. Most aircraft-patrolled high- ways are marked with aircraft symbols and the words "air- craft patrolled" painted on the pavement. Signs at the side of the road also give the motorist advance notice he is entering a patrolled zone. Following the advanced warning signs, the pavement is divided into quarter-mile sec- tions. Each section is started and ended with a painted line. Cars are selected randomly, and. each time the front or rear bumper of a car crosses a painted line tbs stop-watch is started. The time it takes for the car to complete a quarter-mile section is recorded. By consult- ing his table, based on distance and time (he observer is able to estimate the speed of the car to less than a mile per hour error. The car in question is often checked another lime and if it is found to be speeding the ob- server radios the ground per- suil driver, who then stops the car. Confirmation from the air- craft is then made to assure the proper car has been halted. An ECMP aircraft observer said the system could also be employed to check driving speeds on slraigl.t stretches of north and south-bound and east and west buund highways, which as yet are not marked [or standard air patrol. Secticn-line marks are a mile apart, and when they run paral- lel to the highway the speed of the car may be compute! as it passes from one section to another. The time elapsed for the. nu'le may then be divided by four and the speed accurate- ly estimated. All RCMP aircraft observers undergo extensive training in the theory of the system and can determine the speed of the vehicles by the use of mathe- matics, rather than the chart. Before they are assigned to an aircraft esch potential ob- server is checked by the RCMP for proficiency in the calcula- tion of the speeds and accuracy in procedure. The testing includes the use of "ghost unmarked RCMP cars. Tlie speedometers of each car are tested and the observer must be able to accurately de- termine their speed from an aircraft. All distance lines on patrolled highways were initially survey- ed by the department of high- ways, the distances are con. stantly checked and each ob- server accompanies a surveyor when the measurements are made. RCMP report the conviction rate for speeding m an air- craft-patrolled area is mere than 99 per cent, and that Uie accident rate is substantially reduced when the system is employed. Vou Me.. "BLUE WATER, WHITE DEATH" Tht hurt for Great White Shark TECNNICOUm' FAMIIY FAMILY COMING SOON MRAMOUW CINEMA 4ih AVE fr 8ih ST USED GAS RANGES As a public service, your Gas Company supplies Lethbridge and Southern Alberta High School Home Economics classrooms wirh new gas ranges. These ranges are replaced every two years, reconditioned, and offered to the public at GREATLY REDUCED PRICES All are in excellent condition. All are brand name gas ranges AND AT SPECIAL LOW PRICES on display at the GAS COMPANY AUDITORIUM 410 Stafford Drive, Lethbridge during office hours, a.m. to p.m. Monday through Friday NO COMPLEX EQUIPMENT A clip-board, accurate slop-walch and lime chart used by an airborn RCMP observer over an aircraft patrojed zone is the only equip- ment needed lo check the speed of randomly-chosen drivers. If a car is noted speeding Ihe observer radios a traffic interccpfTr vehicle. Identification is confirmed when fhe suspect car is slopped. Larry Bennett Pholos. Paving of 9th St. S. Monday Navy League funds from United Appeal By MARGARET LUCKHURST Staff Wrilcr The purpose of the Navy League Cadet Corps is to teach adolescent boys the value o[ good citizenship and faithful- ness to ideals. This is achieved through a training scheme based on the naval theme of instructions. Boys involved in the program arc issued the familiar sea ca- det uniforms and parades are held Monday evenings at their headquarters, RCSCC Chinook, on 10th Ave. A wide variety of subjects is covered in the program, includ- ing seamanship, communica- tion, drill, first aid, physical training, navigation and leader- ship training. In addition to the required training, cadets may also par- ticipate in rifle range shooting, sailing or the corps' drum and bugle band. More than young Ca- Paving of 9th St. S. between 5lh and 6th Ave. is expected to begin Monday and be complet- ed by Wednesday. Completion of Ihe project has been delayed by wet wcaljicr and wind, a spokesman for the city engineering dcpartm e n I said. Traffic control will be in Ihe fonn of a .slop sign on 9ih St. at the intersection with Gth Ave. until the volume of traffic using the street is assessed, the spokesman said At that time, a decision will be made concern- ins the installation of traffic signals. READ ABOUT AN INTERMEDIATE COURSE OFFERED IN REAL ESTATE ON PAGE 25 IN TODAV'S PAPFS. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES ITD. ESTABUSHED 1911 Lower Floor 517 4lh Avt. S. Phone 327-1541 canaoian uuesiern naiuroL Gas company umrreo Serving Albertans since 1912 YOUR Invitation PUBLIC FORUM Catholic School Board Candidates This Tuesday September 28th Place: St. Patrick's School Auditorium Time: p.m. HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 324 9lh St. S. Phone 328-1778 FOR YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS Invilalioni Announcements (24 Hour Service If Necessary) e Bride Booki Thank You Cord, Napkins Matchei Wo provide Complimentary Personalized Head Table Plnce Cards wilh each Orderl FREE CUSTOMER PARKING nadians are currently under the trained and watchful eyes of several thousand enthusiastic volunteer officers and commit- tee-men, and are being piloted towards tho responsibilities of adult citizens. The Navy League annually receives a grant from the Uni- ted Appeal. By contributing to the you arc helping young boys enjoy a program which encompasses training in a broad range of interests, as well as recreation for an age- J group with an abundance of high spirits. By IARRY BENNETT J RECENTLY "returned from what I had hoped would be a holiday in "beautiful B.C." I hope I may never again be unfortunate enough to have a similar experience. The first indication I had that my "holiday" was to be cursed was a gas station with rest rooms which had been out of order Ira1 a week. Fortunately there are other service stations. My next indication was a restaurant which refused Lo cash a traveller's cheque. My third and pvobably Uie most aggravating indication of my already ill-fated ]oumey was a red indicator light on (he dash of my Volkswagen. The red indicator light on a VW means two things: the fan belt has broken, or the generator is no longer gen- erating. With rapid intuition and a lift of the engine hood I was able to deduce Ihe fan-belt was still intact. Fortunately, 1 thought, I was near Kamloops. I found a dealership and service area, but both were closed. I found a mechanic and parls distributor. They were open and not too busy, but without even so much as a look at the car they said they couldn't repair it, but 1 might get it fixed in Vancouver. f drove from Kamloops to Hope, stopping at nearly every service station. Fale seemed decree no help should be found. Everyone was either too busy, or had no idea what could be wrong. They all agreed I could get it fixed in Van- couver. If 1 could make it there. In Hope ray generator was tested and my suspicions confirmed. My generator was not generating. I made one final stop. The attendant took one look at the situation, soundly tapped my ailing generator with a hammer, freed the sticking brushes and fixed the problem. I left knowing there was still hope in Hope. I finally reached Vancouver, but I couldn't find a with a vacancy, nor was I able to find anyone lo direct me lo the local "molel row." Vancouver drivers appear lo be quite skilled, however, their system can be quite frightening until an outsider has learned the rules. In my newly-acquired "Joe Blfsplk" way of life I ar- rived at the Ferry Terminal. The car in front of me in the line was the las! to be admitted lo the boat, but f only had to wai' hour for Ihe next run. At least the boat didn't sink after I got on board. I discovered Victoria was an exceedingly picturesque city wilh many interesting builriiags and museums. 1 also discmereri the streets could be confusing lo follow if un- familiar with the city. I slopped lo gel gas at a downlov.ii service slalion, hut as I left the lot I roticed three intersection signs which indicated, "no left "no right turn" and "do not enter" the street directly in front. The drive from Victoria lo Nanainio is probably one of the most scenic coastal drives in Canada. Bui until one be- comes at following the car in front very closely the scenery somehow suffers. Tlie campgrounds and the parks on Vancouver Island well kept and beautiful, but I was completely unable to find a vacant campsite or picnic table. The weather on Vancouver Island is generally very nice 1 was told, especially the week before you arrive and Ihe week after you leave. It rained while I was Ihsre. At least Ihe Pacific Ocean was slill salty and the rain was slill wet. HOT BLOODED The tuna is the only fish a blood temperature higher than the water in which it swims. TO SYMBOLIZE FOND MEMORY Choose wisely the monu- ment to honor your loved ones. We will be pleased to as5i3! you. LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL AND TILE WORKS LTD. "We hav- been Satisfying Customers for Over 60 Years" 325 Slh SI. S., lelhbndgt Phone 327-3920 WE HAVE MOVED TO 1205 3rd Avenue S. PHONE 327-8411 (UNCHANGED) LETHBRIDGE LIMB BRACE CO. Presenting... YOUR BEST INVESTMENT SEE Ueslbank YOUR LAND BANK West bank IS NOT THE BIGGEST "BUT THEN" IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT ADD UP Help Us To Growl ;