Enforcement Services Notice – Stolen Speed Signs

On July 28, 2023, two 50km/h speed limit signs were removed from their locations. One facing eastbound traffic on township road 654 and range road 191. The other facing westbound traffic at township road 654 and range road 190. These signs were then replaced later that week.

On August 10, 2023, The eastbound sign was removed from it’s location.

Finally, on August 27, 2023, A new 50km/h speed limit sign was installed, only for it to be removed later that evening. It was also noticed that the 50km/h sign that was facing westbound near range road 190 was also removed.

The individual(s) responsible for removing these signs also removed the 40km/h speed limit sign that was facing eastbound on township road 654 near the approach of Perch Cove, the 80km/h sign facing westbound on township road 654 near range road 191 and multiple 30km/h signs within the subdivision roads.

Speed limit signs are traffic control devices and when a speed limit sign is removed there is a very serious risk of safety to the public, pedestrians and other motorists. Athabasca County asks that the person(s) involved in the removal of these signs immediately stop their actions as they are creating a dangerous situation. You can be charged criminally or provincially.

Under Section 111 (1) of the Use of Highway and Rule of the Road Regulations – A person shall not willfully remove, throw down, deface, alter or destroy a traffic control device placed, marked or erected on a highway. This is an arrestable-offense. You may be charged criminally if found to be committing the offense.

Under section 430 (2) of the Criminal Code of Canada – Every one who commits mischief that causes actual danger to life is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.

The RCMP and County Peace Officer are currently investigating. If you or anyone you know has information regarding the removal of these signs, you are asked to contact the Athabasca County office at 780-675-2273.