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article imageAre Tim Horton's drive thrus the cause of Canadian traffic woes?

By KJ Mullins     Apr 2, 2012 in World
Saskatoon - Canadians line up every morning to get their quick jolt of caffeine at Tim Horton's, both inside coffee shops and in the drive-thru lanes. So many hit the drive thru that in many areas there are traffic snarls each day.
Angela Gardiner, the city transportation manager in Saskatoon thinks that the traffic snares at local Tim Horton's drive-thrus need to be addressed. Fearing incidents of road rage she called for a future ban of drive-thrus for the Canadian coffee chain.
In Gardiner's city two Tim Horton's are the root of traffic woes. One of the stores had people illegally turning left into the java spot before a traffic barricade was installed. The Canadian Press quotes Ms. Gardiner:
"The demand at Tim Hortons drive-thrus is increasing across the whole country, so everybody is faced with this."
While Gardiner admits a total ban of Tim Horton's drive thrus may not be the best fix a report is being prepared on the matter.
Road rage at the local Tim Horton's isn't a common problem but there was a case last month where a gun was involved. On March 26 a man in Grande Prairie, Alberta needed his double-double coffee fix so much that he cut into the line at the local Tim Horton's drive thru. Another customer confronted the man only to see what appeared to be a gun before the cutter drove off. The gun toting coffee drinker was later pulled over by the RCMP. He was charged with possession of a firearm, impaired driving and possession of a controlled substance and will face the judge in May.
As for the folks in Saskatoon tempers have not taken off as much reports Staff Sgt. Grant Obst, head of the city police traffic unit. There was one person that has thrown a temper tantrum but that's about it.
"It would be something that would affect patience and frustration of a motorist rather than safety," Obst stated to Winnipeg Free Press. "But sometimes a frustrated motorist can become dangerous."
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