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Speeding, near misses, worry residents of Waiparous Village

Residents in Waiparous Village, west of Cochrane, say the stretch of highway running through the community is becoming more dangerous. 

Limit is 30 km/h on main road, but locals say many motorists don't follow the rules

The two-lane highway through Waiparous Village has a speed limit of 30 km/h, something residents say is being ignored too often. (Terri Trembath/CBC)

Residents in Waiparous Village, west of Cochrane, say the stretch of highway running through the community is becoming more dangerous. 

Sarah Lertzman is a permanent resident in the summer village and says she had some close calls this summer while crossing the road with her four-year-old. 

"We were in the middle of the crosswalk and just about got hit and we hadn't even seen the car coming because it was that fast," she said. 

The community straddles Highway 40, a two-lane road with a speed limit of 30 kilometres an hour through the village. 

Mayor Matthew Sundal says it's always busy, but this summer was worse. 
    
"The traffic out there doesn't seem to realize, for some reason or another, that this is a municipality," he said. 

Sundal also says there's a reason the speed limit is so low. 

"It's not a speed that the village assigns to it. it's the speed that Alberta Transportation assigns to it based on factors, based on safety factors," he said. 

"And it's only a kilometre. You only have to go 30 km/h for one kilometre. That's the size of a large playground in Calgary. So it's not that bad. Please keep our kids safe and our seniors and everybody safe."

Residents want an increased presence from RCMP and Alberta Sheriffs. But Cpl. Troy Savinkoff with the Cochrane RCMP says they don't have the resources and there have been fewer patrols this year.

With files from Terri Trembath

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