Major changes to the QEII around Gasoline Alley, and more traffic, mean Red Deer County has been busy with road work in the area, including new roundabouts.The area recently opened its third roundabout, at the intersection of Laura and Liberty Avenues between Trail Appliances and Costco.Part of the construction the county undertook this summer eliminated Township Road 374A, which had run from Liberty Avenue south to Lantern Street. Access to Proform Concrete was maintained, but a stretch of road that ran alongside Trail Appliances no longer exists.Chris Black, Red Deer County construction manager, said roundabouts have numerous benefits such as fewer conflict points with pedestrians and motorists, reduced potential for t-bone collisions, the elimination of head-on and high speed collisions and reductions in fatalities, injuries and crashes.“We are pleased that we have been able to accommodate traffic circles at two new locations on Laura Avenue in Gasoline Alley since modern roundabouts are now proven to be substantially safer than signalized intersections,” said Black in an email.County officials said the project coincided with the major changes to how vehicles get in and out of Gasoline Alley from the south lanes of the QEII.Roundabouts are designed to improve the flow of traffic, and increased traffic in the area is predicted with the development of new businesses and residences.“We anticipate that benefits will also be felt by the developers of existing vacant lots in this area as well as for the new Liberty Landing residential subdivision that is currently under construction,” said Black.There are already roundabouts at the intersections of Leva Avenue and Lantern Street and at Lantern Street and Laura Avenue in Gasoline Alley.Alberta Transportation will construct an additional roundabout at the north end of the west side of Gasoline Alley at the intersection of Leva Avenue and Waskasoo Avenue.Red Deer has also built roundabouts at major intersections in recent years, including two on 67th Street, at the intersections of 30th Avenue and Johnstone Drive.
PLAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio – A man who was arrested in Plain Township, Ohio last week hoped his girlfriend would come pick him up from the Stark County Sheriff’s Office.
She did, but there was a problem. She was drunk, too.
According to the sheriff’s office, a sergeant first spotted 23-year-old Kristopher Fox speeding. He ended up clocking Fox going 42 mph in a 25 mph zone.
The sergeant initiated a traffic stop. As he was approaching the car, he said he smelled a strong odor of alcohol.
In the report, the sergeant said he observed an empty 12-pack of beer of the passenger seat, as well as another 12-pack with a couple beers missing.
Fox allegedly admitted to drinking “a few beers.” The sergeant conducted field sobriety tests, which Fox failed. He ultimately took a breathalyzer test with a .147 BAC result.
He was taken to the Stark County Sheriff’s Office and charged with OVI. He asked that authorities call his girlfriend to pick him up.
The sergeant called his girlfriend, 29-year-old Brandi Rae Coen, but over the phone, she appeared to sound intoxicated.
The sergeant told her that, if she was drunk, she shouldn’t drive, according to the sheriff’s office report. She said she was okay and that she had not been drinking.
When Coen showed up, the sergeant said she smelled like alcohol, had glassy eyes and appeared to have trouble walking.
During field sobriety testing, she reportedly said she was too drunk and told the sergeant to just take her to jail.
After she was arrested, authorities found two children in her car — ages 5 and 9.
Coen also took a breathalyzer test and registered a .162 BAC. She was charged with OVI and two counts of child endangering.