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Canmore RCMP issuing fines for illegal parking along 1A Highway

"People are standing around their vehicles with doors and trunks open, walking on the highway in order to access the recreation areas, many appearing to forget or disregard that they are on a primary highway."

BIGHORN – Drivers who decide to illegally park along the 1A Highway near Canmore while accessing outdoor recreational amenities may later regret it when they receive a $162 ticket in the mail.

Canmore RCMP Sgt. Stan Andronyk said officers responded to complaints last Saturday (Jan. 30) about vehicles parked in both directions along the shoulder of the provincial highway near the Grotto recreation area.

Andronyk said many vehicles were parked within one metre of the driving lanes, despite the permanent and temporary signage along the highway indicating that it was prohibited. 

“Parking on the shoulder of the highway is just one part of the problem," Andronyk said in a press release.

"People are standing around their vehicles with doors and trunks open, walking on the highway in order to access the recreation areas, many appearing to forget or disregard that they are on a primary highway. 

“There has also been a collision and a number of near misses caused by drivers slowing quickly and performing U-turns in the middle of the highway in order to park.”

The Use of Highway Rules and Road Regulation sets out that vehicles shall not park on the roadway, parking lane, or shoulder of a provincial highway. The fine is $162.

Andronyk said owners of vehicles found parked along the 1A last weekend were issued violation tickets in th email for "blatantly disregarding" the no parking signage in the area. 

Since June, Canmore RCMP have responded to multiple complaints of unsafe parking along the 1A Highway near Grotto and Gap Lake.