A male plead guilty to careless driving at the Alberta Provincial Court in Hanna on Aug. 28.
The male, who had six counts against him, was operating a motor vehicle on Highway 36 in excess of the posted speed limit heading south-bound when he approached a stop-sign at the t-intersection at Highway 9 according to the report given by Crown Attorney R. Pedersen.
Pedersen said that the accused failed to stop at the sign, driving through the intersection before landing in the ditch on the other side, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.
Defence for the accused noted that the vehicle in the incident was destroyed, and not covered by insurance. As such he said the accused had been going without a vehicle, and will be off work for some time as he needs surgery following the accident.
The Judge noted that the accused needed to make better choices in driving, especially given the recent fatalities on rural roads, before agreeing to the $1,000 fine.
Lead foot leads to ticket
A male was found guilty of speeding at the Alberta Provincial Court in Hanna on Aug. 28.
The accused, who brought the issue to trial, was given a traffic violation ticket for driving 125km/hr over the posted 100km/hr speed limit on Highway 9 on Feb. 6.
Constable Chris Kirby testified that he was conducting a traffic stop near the airport in a marked police car travelling westbound when he noticed a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed.
After running the radar he decided to pull the vehicle over.
Cst. Kirby noted that the radar had been tested at the start of his shift and had been certified to be accurate, and clocked the accused driving 135km/hr over the speed limit, as opposed to the 125km/hr that the ticket was written for, having given the accused a bit of a break.
The accused asked Cst. Kirby for proof that he was certified to use the radar machine, which was presented as evidence in the case.
The accused went on to ask if, as Cst. Kirby had been certified 10-years-ago, he needed to be retrained at any point.
Cst. Kirby replied that the training was done once, and was similar to getting your drivers licence in that you don’t have to recertify and retest.
The accused questioned the method noting that as a professional in their field they had to do courses to keep their certifications up.
The Judge asked the accused if they wished to ask Cst. Kirby any more questions or call any witnesses, to which they replied no.
They went on to noted that they had been present in the courtroom at the scheduled trial time and had missed work to stay until their trial as it began later than expected.
The Judge noted that while court starts at 10 a.m., the trials don’t begin until other matters on the docket are taken care of.
The accused went on to say that he had no other tickets to his record, to which Crown Attorney R. Pedersen noted was untrue as there were three tickets for speeding, asking him to look at the driving record and verify if it was accurate.
The accused agreed noting there were also two red-light violations.
“This was a long time ago, I don’t remember,” the accused noted.
“You said earlier to the court you don’t have a record for speeding, would you like to modify that statement?” Pedersen asked.
The accused asked to see more evidence for the tickets as he didn’t recall them.
“This is from July 4, 2018, it’s only a year ago. You don’t remember that?” Pedersen asked.
He suggested adjourning the sentencing to another date to allow the Crown to be in a position to get certified copies of the convictions, to which the accused said it was “too much hassle.”
The judge fined the accused $203 for the speeding offence.