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LETTER: Better highway lighting needed

Editor: I wanted to bring attention to another potential contributing factor to the fatal hit and run on the Trans-Canada Highway on May 1 and how the lack of working lights on the highway could have been a factor.

Editor:

I wanted to bring attention to another potential contributing factor to the fatal hit and run on the Trans-Canada Highway on May 1 and how the lack of working lights on the highway could have been a factor.

I was driving by the location at about 2 a.m. that morning and two days later I spoke with local RCMP officers. As I drove to Banff, I noticed that more than half the lights are out in the area between Banff Park Gates and the eastbound exit to Harvie Heights and Canmore.

Since the collision on May 1, I have seen the following three tall light poles in the middle of the highway have eight lights on each carousel. All of those are out and not working. You will notice those same light poles west of that Harvie Heights and Canmore bridge exit that 50 per cent of the lights are not working.

There are most likely other factors involved, but having all the lights working could have helped prevent this accident. Take a drive tonight after you read this letter to see for yourself. Prevention is the start before this happens again.

Christopher Bean,

Canmore