Bad, dangerous drivers are everywhere

Re: Dedicate police patrol to Malahat, (Our View, Oct. 17)

Re: Dedicate police patrol to Malahat, (Our View, Oct. 17)

Before setting up a highway police unit on the Malahat mountain highway, we should ask how the dangerous drivers behave where they live – in fiefdoms like Saanich, Nanaimo, and on the mainland, most refusing to police properly.

Watch the streets anywhere and you’ll see most drivers don’t slow down in the rain. Many deliberately drive dangerously, at 80 km/h through playground zones and around blind curves on residential streets, not stopping when turning right at a red light nor at stop signs. Others are merely inattentive or sloppy. Much re-education is needed.

The Malahat is much less forgiving of error, but driver mentality is the same, general ignorance about driving physics is the same.

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has not done much to educate drivers that it is a mountain highway, claiming the expensive vague sign in View Royal does that – despite using clear bright signs elsewhere in the province.

Driver licensing isn’t working. The many drivers whose N placard indicates they recently passed a knowledge exam, but don’t want to benefit from using what they were taught.

The effective approach is police feet on the street, identifying and directly re-educating drivers. Didn’t the continuous campaign of increased enforcement on the Malahat show that last year? I expect it will take a year of increased police presence everywhere before most drivers get the message about proper behaviour on roads.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich

 

 

 

Just Posted

Sidney BIA says sad goodbye to President and Executive Director

Susan Simosko and Donna Petrie leave, board members fill new positions

Hefty Peninsula Co-op donation brightens Mount Newton Centre Society’s 40th anniversary

Peninsula residents can borrow items from the centre’s medical ‘loan cupboard’ for up to three months

Downtown Victoria businesses cite parking issues as top challenge

A report put forward by the Downtown Victoria Business Association asked owners for input

Victoria woman in L.A. hospital after she was run over twice

Lynn Phillips has suffered from multiple broken bones and internal bleeding

Victoria teen killed by falling tree, remembered as hero

Tai Caverhill was the first to spot the tree falling towards him and his friends

Air Canada reviewing how crew left sleeping passenger on parked plane

In a Facebook post, the woman said she woke up ‘all alone’ on a ‘cold dark’ aircraft

Top B.C. court upholds ruling that struck down indefinite solitary confinement

Feds had appealed ruling in case brought by B.C. Civil Liberties Association, John Howard Society

Two bear cubs saved near Revelstoke after mother hit by car

Conservation officers trapped the cubs and transported them to a wildlife sanctuary

Heroism medal for B.C. woman who tried to save wheelchair-bound man stuck on rail tracks

Julie Callaghan awarded Carnegie Medal from U.S.-based foundation for ‘extraordinary heroism’

Surrey RCMP raises Pride flag amid din of protesters

There were about 30 protesters on either side, and 20 Mounties doing crowd control

B.C. students’ camping trip goes ahead despite tents getting stolen

Nanaimo businesses, school staff and parents ensure trip goes on

Only legal pot shop between Vancouver and Kamloops now open

Private cannabis store on Skwah land in Chilliwack is first B.C. licensee to be Indigenous owned

B.C. judge defies lawyers and adds six months to man’s sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

Man presumed dead after boat capsizes in Columbia River

Search and rescue efforts recovered a life jacket

Most Read