By Lethbridge Herald on January 31, 2024.
I have just driven across the westside hill back and forth. It is -4 degrees outside. The road is dry. The speed limit is 60 km/h. I like to follow rules. I went 65 km/h. I was a hazard on the road. I was in the middle lane, and vehicles were passing me at 90 kmh+. For my own safety and the safety of others, I went the same speed as the other drivers.
Folks, there is going to be an accident and it will be serious. In the above-noted incident, there is a 25 km/h difference. That is not safe.
Who makes the decision to make the speed limit 60 km/h? Who monitors the roadway to see if this is still an acceptable speed? We need to have laws that make our roads safer, not more dangerous.
I have lived on the westside for eight years. In all those years going to and from work and other places, I have seen a police officer on the hill twice to monitor speed. There have been accidents, and then of course, the entire fire department and police department show up.
Why can we not be proactive, and avoid as many accidents as possible? Making the law, and then not enforcing the law, is not a best practice.
Best practice would be to only make the speed limit at 65 km/h if the road conditions require it. The second best practice would be to have police officers enforce the law when it is required.
I have driven up the hill at 90 km/h in the middle of summer. There are still many drivers that pass me that are going way beyond 90 km/h. And in the end, there was no point to the speeding because we all end up at the four-way traffic light at the same time anyway. May as well just go 90 and save on the gas and annoying the other drivers. Why do drivers do this? Because they can. Nobody is there to stop them. Nobody is there to ticket them.
Let’s make Lethbridge a safe place to drive, to walk, to live. Together, it can be done.