Vernon and North Okanagan News
Public response to killer highway
On Friday Castanet ran a story about a killer stretch of highway between Vernon and Oyama and asked for your response.
The piece of highway runs between Oyama and Bailey Road and has claimed nearly 10 lives in the past five years - most recently on Wednesday of last week.
These crashes seem to be preventable, so why isn't anything being done?
Here are some of your thoughts:
Jan Muller wrote in and proposed lower speed limits and increased police presence on all roads, as opposed to the occasional radar blitz. "A bigger police presence with action on ALL levels of bad driving would be a huge deterrent for people to start driving in a safer way," she said.
Jeff Havard, who used to be a professional driver, wrote in to say he thinks people are generally too distracted while driving these days.
"I’m certainly not saying that concrete no-posts at that section of Hwy. 97 aren’t a good idea, and probably should have been installed from the get go, but in general, the driving public has become far too distracted while behind the wheel," he said.
Glen Carter agreed, saying he thinks speed and distracted driving are major factors in crashes on that highway. "I remain amazed at how many are on their cell phones when they pass and have even seen some folks obviously texting!" he said. "I don't feel there is anything wrong with the highway and while I do agree that installation of barriers would help, as Forest Gump's mother said, 'you can't fix stupid."
Kathy O'Ferrall who has been driving that highway for more than 10 years, strongly believes it should be divided with no-posts. She also points out several other hazards such as blind corners, pooling water and exits that force drivers to cross two lanes of traffic as additional safety risks in that area.
As it stands, there are no immediate plans to put a barrier between the lanes on the highway.
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