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Dear Cop - Speeding

For many drivers in our area, speeding appears to be a fact of life, and happens every time these people get behind the wheel, no matter where they are driving. I always drive in the right lane as I refuse to go more than ten kilometers above the speed limit. This, however, is much too slow for the brain dead characters that are on my tail, waiting for the first chance to pull out and pass. These characters are the ones most frequently involved in accidents on bare or slippery roads. I know the R.C.M.P. try hard to round up these cowboys, but is there not some way to cure this disease?

I understand your frustration. The only time I notice most drivers proceeding at approximately the posted speed limit is when I am driving a marked police car. Funny how that happens. When I drive the unmarked police car I have had drivers tell me that they would not have been speeding if they had known I was there.

I wish I could give you an answer as what should be done with the habitual speeding drivers. My dream is to raise the fine value for speeding when a driver has had a previous speeding ticket. The next would be to have a drivers privileges taken away after the second speeding ticket and the drivers license would not be returned until the driver has taken a certified road safety course along with another driving road test before the driver license is returned.

Unfortunately I can only enforce the law. Some non police drivers feel I am hard core with my dreams, but my response is maybe I can call them at 3:00 in the morning in order to attend a fatal collision that was caused by a speeding vehicle. After seeing the death and carnage associated, I feel this might have some effect.

I can assure you that it won't be the police who tackle this problem and solves it singlehandedly . It's the members of our society that will have to eradicate it. Educate your loved ones is the first start. If you can persuade one driver to slow down, hopefully, like a disease it will spread to others.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment


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About the Author

Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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