SAFETY

Lethbridge Herald - - ODDS & ENDS -

RCMP say Jo died when a driver of a stolen truck sped away from the gas sta­tion with­out pay­ing.

In Au­gust, a man was sen­tenced to 11 years in prison for man­slaugh­ter for a gas and dash that killed Cal­gary gas-sta­tion worker Maryam Rashidi.

She was run over by Joshua Cody Mitchell when she tried to stop him from tak­ing off with­out pay­ing for $113 worth of fuel.

Al­berta has been grap­pling for years with how to bol­ster the safety of gas-sta­tion em­ploy­ees, who of­ten work alone.

Gil McGowan, pres­i­dent of the Al­berta Fed­er­a­tion of Labour, said there is no rea­son for more de­lay and an­nounced his group’s new cam­paign called “Time for Pay Be­fore You Pump” that urges the prov­ince to take ac­tion.

“Per­haps the most tragic part about these deaths is that they’re 100 per cent pre­ventable,” McGowan said in a re­lease.

“We know that pre-pay­ment works. We know it saves lives. The only ques­tion that re­mains is what is the gov­ern­ment wait­ing for?”

The Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Po­lice passed a res­o­lu­tion in 2015 call­ing for pay-at-the-pump leg­is­la­tion.

The chiefs passed a sim­i­lar res­o­lu­tion in 2011, but the for­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment did not ac­cept it.

Bri­tish Columbia has had a pre­pay law on the books since 2008.

Gray said Fri­day’s gas-and-dash death is fresh in her mind.

“Ev­ery Al­ber­tan de­serves to come home at the end of a work­day,” she said.

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