1) As a retirement town, Lethbridge has a large number of seniors. It's the higher end of these seniors -- 75 + -- that are the problem. I'm sorry, I love seniors (outside of work), but as people get older, their vision, hearing, and reflexes deteriorate to the point that it's scary to be on the road with them.
2) Lethbridge has a university and a college, so for two thirds of the year, young reckless college-aged kids are rocketing around the roads, weaving in-and-out of traffic. I admit, I used to be one of them.
3) There are a lot of farms and small towns in the Lethbridge area, and people from these more rural areas come to Lethbridge in droves every day for shopping or other reasons. A lot of people who have spent the bulk of their lives in small towns and on farms are terrible drivers.
This article is going to focus on small-town drivers. For the past four years, I have lived in the town of Picture Butte (1700 people). It's right in the middle of Alberta's cattle country, and we're surrounded by a lot of large ranches and wheat farms. I could go on at length listing all of my personal experiences with awful Picture Buttian (Buttite? Butte-head?) drivers, not to mention the legless old man who thinks his electric wheel chair is a car, but I'm going to talk about one instance, which happened this afternoon.
Nobody from Picture Butte knows how a four-way stop works. (I'm not from Picture Butte; I just live there.) This intersection in particular is the bane of my existence:
|7th Street (north-south) and Crescent Avenue (southwest-northeast)|
|Zoom in for a better look. I'm the Mazda 5 (labelled 2). The other two are represented by Ford F150s, because this is Alberta.|
Anyway. The main reason for this entry is because I wanted to play around with the Paint.net photo editing software. Photoshop is so much better.