EDITORIAL – Public shaming might be the only way to stop the speeders

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

HEARING LOSS AMONG B.C. DRIVERS has apparently become a major safety issue.

On Friday, police urged drivers to take it easy during the long weekend. They said they’d be out in force to catch the leadfoots. So, we were well warned.

Tuesday, B.C. RCMP Traffic Services reported a “significant” increase in the number of speeders from Saturday through to Monday. Clearly, nobody heard the warning.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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2 Comments on EDITORIAL – Public shaming might be the only way to stop the speeders

  1. R A George // May 24, 2020 at 4:54 PM // Reply

    “Your editorial hit the nail on the head.The biggest problem are the judges and there’s always the lawyers.We’re way past the time to get a great deal tougher.““““““““““

  2. Alan C. Kuhnert // May 20, 2020 at 5:47 PM // Reply

    Moved to Kamloops 8 months ago and our townhouses overlooks Hwy. 5A. Seems like the hill down to the Aberdeen Mall is a great excuse to speed….no…let me amend that…really speed. It is not unusual to see vehicles and motorcycles easily go 30, 40 or 50 kph over the posted 70 kph. But… I haven’t seen one speed trap. As for the asses who use their jake brakes, well we have given up. Seems our city taxes do NOT cover fining these jerks.

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