Pincher Creek Social Media Message

A social media post about road safety goes viral with over 17,000 hits!


For years, it has been proclaimed across the province of Alberta that traffic safety is everyone's concern. News media campaigns, public service announcements, and Alberta Transportation have all been proactive in this approach.

In the Municipal District (MD) of Pincher Creek, Mike, an equipment operator, took these messages to heart when he was experiencing near misses as he was doing his job making the MD's roads safe. Motorists were not taking the time to wait for him to move over or stop to let them pass safely. After a number of such incidents, Mike decided to write a safety message from his own words to the public. This message went viral on MD Pincher Creek's Facebook page and social media, and received 17,000 hits.

This is proof positive that one Albertan can make a difference. Here's Mike's story.

Hi, my name is Mike and I am an equipment operator for the M.D. of Pincher Creek No. 9.

I may look like a grader, a gravel truck or a nuisance slowing you down on the road.

But, I am also known as a dad, a husband, a son, a brother, and an uncle.

So, I ask you to, "Please Slow Down, Use Caution, and Be Aware" that there are multiple blind spots in the equipment I drive.

I may not see you right away, so:

  • Slow down
  • Try to make yourself visible to me in a safe manner

Once I see you, I will surely do what I can to get you on your way.

Rural roads are my work site. This is where I spend most of my time. But be aware that I do have to turn on and off the highway to get to where I am going.

I ask you again, please slow down so we can all get to where we are going safely and so I can go home to see my family and friends.

The M.D. of Pincher Creek No. 9 wishes you all a safe and happy summer.

Thank you,