Photo: Street lamp down!

Driver fined $121 for knocking over Mackenzie Avenue street lamp; no word if they'll have to pay for lamp.

In one of those great 'What the H?' moments

In one of those great 'What the H?' moments

In one of those great “What the H?” moments, a driver managed to get up on the sidewalk and knock over one of Mackenzie Avenue’s classic street lamps outside the Village Idiot on Saturday.

According to a server at the Idiot, the driver was making a U-turn when they hit the lamp. The impact knocked it over and caused it to shatter into many pieces.

RCMP issued the driver a $121 ticket for making an unsafe U-turn. The driver also agreed to compensate the owner of the bicycle for the damage.

Fortunately, no one was hurt.

UPDATE: Looks like the driver (or their insurer) will be paying to replace the lightstand. Mike Thomas, the city’s director of engineering, had this to say:

“I only have a really rough estimate, but because the concrete base (and bolts) were damaged it will likely be over $10,000 for the whole replacement, plus costs of the call out on Saturday night.

The driver will be responsible for paying.”