FEATURED COMMENT – It’s high time we had a B.C. Highway Patrol

Waiting out the Coquihalla storm. (Twittter)

Waiting out the Coquihalla storm. (Twittter)

Re: discussion on Coquihalla snow storm and Daniela Ginta column, “Where to go  from here or why changing our ways can spare some of the trouble ahead,” Feb. 13, 2017.

Anna Grandia would be with us today if, like Washington, Oregon, California and other states, we had a Provincial Highway Patrol, a couple of whom would have been at the bottom of the snow shed instructing irresponsible truckers to put on their chains. You don’t try getting over Snoqualmie or Grants pass in bad weather without them. Here, anarchy seems to prevail. They are a lot tougher on bad driving in the States.
Having driven all three States freeways and backroads it is my considered opinion that we British Columbians and even more so Albertans are much worse drivers.
We need a British Columbia Highway Patrol whose sole purpose is the job of enforcing the laws and rules already in place, where the speed limit is obeyed, not 20 over, tailgating and bullying the car ahead, which is very prevalent ,is rewarded with a heavy fine and a double line means no passing.

That is if there were lines on the road noticeably absent in many places, especially in corners where 18 wheelers totally obliterate them. Too bright a lights on many tractor trailers and large pickups are deadly. It’s like playing Russian Roulette on a rainy night.
It’s time, well past time, Mr. Stone got serious. Getting killed in a preventable so-called accident is a hell of a way to go.


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4 Comments on FEATURED COMMENT – It’s high time we had a B.C. Highway Patrol

  1. Floyd Charlton // February 17, 2017 at 5:39 PM // Reply

    Always the truckers

  2. I totally agree with this, there is little if any highway patrolling done anymore and if you could see the speed with which those enormous trucks fly through Cache Creek, a 50k zone, you would be astounded, in previous years we have at least had some enforcement but this past full year has been dismal at best, you can go for months without seeing even one enforcement vehicle on the highways.

    • The already existing police traffic sections are understaffed. Positions go unfilled (provincial level) and the additional positions that ought to exist don’t. I’m not sure we need another force – we need the existing force to have the resources to do their job. Also, the Ministry avoids at all costs closing a highway proactively even for a short period to catch up on clearing it. Often it is literally a matter of “well, it will be closed soon due to collisions if they don’t.” Contrary to poular belief, only rarely are summer tires found at collisions. Usually it is some combination of factors involving “speed relative to conditions”. Raising the limit to 120kmh has made it worse. As both a police officer and a motorist myself I share in the frustration.

      • Dan from LL ? Any way, I agree with you. People think that because it says 120 on the sign that the time of year , nor road conditions make a difference, they can do that speed.

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