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Extra safety measures on Hwy. 101

ANNAPOLIS VALLEY, N.S. -- Drivers on Hwy. 101 who tend to put the pedal to the metal are more likely to be stopped...


ANNAPOLIS VALLEY, N.S. — Drivers on Hwy. 101 who tend to put the pedal to the metal are more likely to be stopped these days.

The Corridor Project means highway patrol members will spend an extra shift of four or more hours on the highway, catching drivers who exceed the 100km limit.

It’s hoped the initiative will reduce the average speed, and the number of accidents, while residents wait for the highway to be twinned.

Const. Karen Byrne, who works out of the New Minas RCMP office with Annapolis Valley Traffic Services, says the radar picks up the speed of vehicles in front and behind the cruiser and in the oncoming lane. The visibility of the cruiser is important, just having the cars out there, she says, makes a positive difference.

The four members of traffic services who patrol Kings County each write 75 to 100 tickets a month for speeding, with three-quarters of those issued on Hwy. 101, and that’s without the increased patrols.


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