As I go to work each day I regularly travel through the intersection at 100 Avenue and Grandin Drive. Over the past few years I have witness countless acts of stupidity, complacency and just a total disregard for others at this intersection. But what I saw this morning (Nov. 7) was only a second from becoming a manslaughter investigation. A pickup truck travelling east on 100 Avenue came to a full stop as required, then hit the gas suddenly. Realizing a small child was in the middle of the crosswalk; the driver hit the brakes, then proceeded to crane his head toward his left window. As soon as the young lad’s butt was past his fender he again hit the gas. I doubt he ever saw the little girl approaching from his right. Luckily she stopped in time.
With the Town of Morinville growing in population and traffic, and the fact that some people behind the wheel are reckless and in some cases downright dangerous I think it’s time that the Town look at installing traffic lights at this intersection before the call to action comes after a child has been killed.
As much as this may be a pain in our butts, mine included, we need to at the very least protect the children as they try to cross these lanes on the way to and from school, especially in the dim-lit hours of the morning.