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Road Rage in Carleton Place



My Slow Down sign is no longer in the ground and looks like this— even after it was fixed a few times. Every day I find it in a different location. Sandra Hurdis Finnigan even rescued it from Campbell Street. It is what it is- I just keep putting it in front of my fence. Eric Lockheart was my heroe and fixed it- but it was pulled out again.

We need to get these signs up as speed abuse and recklessness are re-occurring issues in Carleton Place and Lanark County since the beginning of time. Why not make a point and tell these drivers that we notice what they are doing and we don’t like it by putting up a sign. If we don’t do this- no one else will. We complain about our children having a  “laissez faire” attitude– yet we just sit back and let things happen, and then complain about it.

Get some signs up folks before the snow flies or this might happen..:)

Back to our scheduled programming and thank you..


Perth Courier January 1896.

The habit of furious and careless driving, particularly with empty lumber teams, is becoming quite too common in this neighborhood and in many instances is of such a nature as to endanger the lives of parties driving cutters; and it is satisfying to know that in two cases of this kind recently, the parties have come to grief.

Peter Keevers of Bathurst was brought before C. Rice, Esq., J.P. on complaint of Martin Maxwell for furious driving and for assault in running his team against Maxwell’s sleigh and upsetting him in the ditch at the foot of Stanley’s Hill, Armstrong’s Corners.  Keevers had to pay the $4 fine and costs.  Patrick Fleming of S. Sherbrooke was brought before the same magistrate on complaint of E. Morrison for driving against and smashing Morrison’s cutter and was ordered to pay $14 fine and costs or go to jail for two months.

Defendant refused to pay and went to jail but after three days’ exposure to jail fare he concluded to pay the fine and costs rather than spend the two months in jail working for his board.  We trust these cases will be a warning to teamsters who should bear in mind that the law compels them to give half way on the road when meeting or passing another team.