Nine accidents at Herbert St. since 2009

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RCMP accidents report includes 2010 pedestrian fatality

Traffic on Pleasant Street has the right of way through the intersection at Herbert Street. BELLE HATFIELD PHOTO

By Belle Hatfield



There have been nine reportable motor vehicle accidents, including one pedestrian fatality, at the intersection of Pleasant and Herbert streets since 2009. The findings were released Tuesday in a report prepared at the request of Yarmouth town council.

Council has asked the town’s traffic authority to take another look at the intersection. The request came at last month’s regular meeting of council and followed the latest accident, which occurred May 14, and resulted in minor injuries and moderate to severe damage to vehicles. The report was prepared by the town detachment of the RCMP.

A 76-year-old woman died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing a crosswalk at the intersection of Pleasant and Herbert streets on May 31, 2010.

There is a two-way stop sign at the intersection. Traffic on Pleasant Street has the right of way. Councillors want to understand the criteria used to determine traffic patterns. Why doesn’t the intersection warrant a four-way stop sign? That’s the question councillor Ken Langille wants answered.

In introducing the motion, Councillor Phil Mooney said he was prompted to raise the issue by a recent spate of complaints from people who have had accidents or near accidents at the intersection.

The issue was raised last year, after two accidents occurred in close succession in March and April. Upon review the traffic authority found changes were not warranted.

Councillors said they have heard about more accidents there over the last couple of months.

Council wants the traffic authority to examine all pertinent information from the town’s RCMP in a review of the intersection.

The opening of Charles Crosby Drive (formerly Brooklyn Street) has significantly changed traffic patterns on Herbert Street, which used to be a dead end behind the Yarmouth Mall. Now it is an access road for Walmart and Atlantic Superstore and is increasingly used to avoid traffic on Starrs Road.

The town’s CAO, Jeff Gushue, said the traffic authority uses traffic and accident statistics in assessing traffic patterns and offered a warning. He said if people do not report fender benders and other minor accidents, there is no way to capture the information in the statistical database.

“If you have a fender bender you really should report it. Not only because you have had an accident, but because it will help in decisions about four-way stops and other traffic control issues,” he said.

Recent changes to the Motor Vehicle Act have raised the threshold for which accidents require notification to the RCMP. As of May 10, drivers are required to report the accident if the damage to all vehicles involved exceeds $2,000. It used to be $1,000.



Organizations: RCMP, Yarmouth town council, Walmart

Geographic location: Pleasant Street, Brooklyn Street, Herbert Street Atlantic Superstore Starrs Road

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Recent comments

  • NST Girl
    June 04, 2013 - 18:58

    As a victim of one of those accidents last year, I say install a 4 way. Although bud that hit me ran the stop sign from the west side of Herbert, I was travelling north on Pleasant.

    • Neighbour at Herbert and Brunswick
      June 05, 2013 - 07:57

      We KNOW WHAT HERBERT STREET HAS BECOME! Brunswick ST is also becoming a raceway and there have also been many accidents on this corner! Perhaps if the Town set up " TRAFFIC CAMS " to record the people who travel in those directions , there would be accurate statistics for the traffic dept to take a look at, & also they could pay for it with the funds charged in fines to those that speed or DO NOT STOP at the stop signs there. It used to be the trees that stuck out over the intersection on Herbert, and never were trimmed, but now they just SPEED and try to slow down before just crossing there at that corner. By now everyone should know there is a STOP sign at that intersection.It requires a STOP not a SLOW DOWN AND DASH / more a RACE through the intersection to beat the oncoming traffic! THINK ABOUT TRAFFIC CAMERAS AND CHARGE PEOPLE WITH HEFTY FINES, SHOULD STOP THE DASH AND CRASH BY SOME!

  • steen Sollows
    June 04, 2013 - 17:56

    time for a roundabout...