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BC highways: Safety & Speed Review

There is one public open house left in the provincial government's Safety & Speed Review of BC Highways tomorrow evening in Chilliwack. I attended the Nanaimo event this evening and found that the number of government representatives was about equal to the number of people present to provide feedback. Hopefully you will take time to provide your views via the on-line response if you were not able to attend an open house meeting.

It was clear from the reference materials posted around the perimeter of the room that the solicited feedback wanted much more than your view of the posted speed limits. Perhaps the topic of slow moving vehicles could be almost as important. Left lane blockers fall into this category. We might also wish for more slow vehicle pullouts and legislation that is more specific about when slow drivers must make way on roads that are not multi-laned.

The majority of BC highways in rural areas are now signed to require winter tires or to carry tire chains during a portion of the year. Should this be extended to all of BC? This topic seems to be the one that could be most influenced by public feedback.

Wildlife collisions are a significant cost to both people and animals. Although the animals suffer the worst of the death and injury rates people are killed and injured in these collisions in BC every year. The solution to the problem is not to fence all of the highways, rather the installation of over and underpasses and better sharing skills for drivers are needed.

Time is running short, the deadline for the submission of your feedback is January 24, 2014. Don't miss this opportunity.


The author is a retired constable with many years of experience in traffic law enforcement. To comment or learn more, please visit drivesmartbc.ca.

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Tim Schewe has been writing his column for most of the 20 years in his traffic enforcement service in the RCMP. It was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and now Castanet.net. Schewe retired from the Force in January of 2006, but the column became a habit and continues.

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