Re: Taking the High Road on Hovey, PNR Jan. 22.
Thank you for bringing to attention what needs to be the number one priority with regards to the use of commercial trucks on Tomlinson and Hovey Roads — safety. This is the paramount concern of our neighborhood.
The company, VI Pallet & Recovery, recently moved from Wain Road in North Saanich and has leased a parcel of land from a member of the Tsartlip First Nation. This company has commercial trucks travelling these roads daily.
All of these trucks have huge blind spots and are also incapable of making abrupt stops for unforeseen incidents involving cyclists, horse riders, pedestrians or other vehicles.
In the United States there is a campaign called the “No Zone Campaign” which seeks to bring awareness to the issue of commercial truck blind spots and preventing related tragedies.
Currently the only way these massive trucks can navigate upon our narrow, one lane road is if a pedestrian, cyclist, horse-rider or motorist pulls off the road into the ditch or onto a driveway approach.
This is extremely dangerous.
Even our ‘SLOW DOWN CHILDREN AT PLAY’ sign, which is on our boulevard, has been flattened by dual wheels.
Let us hope that common sense prevails before there is a tragedy.
David & Catharine Berndt, Saanichton