Letter: Signs don’t make smarter drivers

I have yet to encounter a dangerous road—only dangerous drivers who refuse to slow down when conditions warrant.

To the editor:

Re: Fighting the Resistance to Driver Accountability, Paul Hergott column Dec. 18 Kelowna Capital News.

I cannot agree more with your columnist. Mr. Hergott hits the nail right on the head with respect to driver accountability—or, rather, the lack thereof.

I would take things one step further. Why is our government planning to install variable speed limit signs on the Coquihalla for $12 million? Other than the price tag (which is likely inflated 300 per cent over reality), do they really expect that speeders are going to slow down in bad conditions just because there is a new sign on the road? Really? What a colossal waste of our tax money! Especially since it comes hard on the heels of the recent speed limit increase.

A similar instance is when people want to spend money to “increase safety on dangerous roads.” In my 40 years of driving throughout western Canada, I have yet to encounter a dangerous road—only dangerous drivers who refuse to slow down when conditions warrant.

Just more examples of government trying to protect us from ourselves, most likely to no avail.

Lloyd Vinish, Kelowna