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.
R. A. GEORGE