Lowering speed limit would not be effective

Lowering speed limit would not be effective

Everyone is passing me, even if I am driving at the posted speed limit.

Lowering speed limit would not be effective

Comments made by Brad Thomas in regards to reducing the speed limits in regards to the elk problem is total nonsense. I travel this road every Thursday night to play cribbage at the Legion hall in Lake Cowichan. On my way up to Lake Cowichan and back to Duncan, everyone is passing me, even if I am driving at the posted speed limit.

Kind of funny with these drivers passing at high rates of speed when there is no ferry to catch, and rushing home just to turn the TV set on. These idiots fail to realize that the race in life is long, but it is only with themselves. Also their chances in life are only at half mast, so is everyone else’s. I also go to play tournament crib at the Nanaimo Legion on the third Sunday of every month. From Duncan to Nanaimo, I am doing the posted speed limit and everyone is passing me. We have players that come from Qualicum and they say the same thing. Everyone is passing them too.

We are living in a age of impatience. Why?

When studying for your driver’s licence, the booklet states that pedestrians have the right of way. No more. Just try to cross the roadway at a crosswalk. When walking, I now wave at the car that stops for me, because that is rare today. In two lanes of traffic, and someone is signalling to turn, in the opposite direction, I will stop to allow them to turn and the cars in the other lanes next to me just keep driving on.

One day last month in Victoria, the police issued 10 tickets in one hour for cell phone violation at a cost of $597 fine. Does not curtail the problem. They do it again just to pay another $597.

I myself do not drive the posted speed limits when it comes to fog, ice, snow, heavy rain, and elk. It is better to be safe than sorry. I appreciate these idiots that drive over the speed limit driving to Lake Cowichan, because in the dark, they light up the highway in front of me, just like an airport runway. With all of that lighting in the dark in front of me, I can prepare if a elk decides to cross the highway, without getting into a accident.

In summary, when it comes to speeding, I never see a police highway patrol car either way on my drive to Lake Cowichan, or on my drive to Nanaimo and back both ways. Also the people from Qualicum never see a highway patrol car either.

We as taxpayers have to be very cautious about the idea of building a fence to control the elk. Why? The inland island freeway north of Qualicum also has elk crossing the highway. The inland highway freeway was built by the NDP government under Glen Clark. The NDP later on after the highway was completed, decided to build some fencing to control the elk problem. The fence was built only to find out, the fence was built on the wrong side of the highway from where the elk problem was. Presently we once again have a NDP government under John Horgan. The same could happen again. Remember, that the inland island freeway cost $50 million more to complete than the Coquihalla highway because of the wage agreement policy of the Glen Clark government. The John Horgan government have now put this policy into place also. Unbelievable!

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Robert’s column
Robert Barron column: New hospital shouldn’t charge for parking

Paying a parking meter is the last thing people visiting a hospital should have to worry about.

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake occurred off Ucluelet just after 12:30 a.m. on April 10 and was reportedly felt as far south as Oregon. (Map via United States Geological Survey)
Quake off Ucluelet reportedly felt as far south as Oregon

Magnitude 1.5 earthquake also reported off Vancouver Island’s west coast hours earlier

Asparagus root, dug up from the old patch and ready to be transplanted. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Some tips on growing asparagus

When choosing asparagus I recommend buying male plants for juicier, plumper spears.

If you’re looking for a goat time, visit Russell Farms Market! (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Sarah Simpson Column: Looking for a goat time on Good Friday

If you drive by the farm market a little slower you see the goat pen.

The McCloskey-Hydro Rain Garden, located in a sunny Hydro corridor and receiving about 2.5 million litres of rainwater runoff per year from the roof of nearby McCloskey Elementary School. (Deborah Jones photo)
A&E column: From nature to poetry to puppets, there’s plenty afoot

What’s going on in the Cowichan Valley arts and entertainment scene

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod, seen here on April 9, 2021 with four-year-old sister Elena and mom Vanessa, was born with limb differences. The family, including husband/dad Sean McLeod, is looking for a family puppy that also has a limb difference. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. family looking for puppy with limb difference, just like 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy McLeod born as bilateral amputee, now her family wants to find ‘companion’ puppy for her

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

As of Saturday, April 10, people born in 1961 are the latest to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press files)
B.C. residents age 60+ can now register to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is now open to people born in 1961 or earlier

A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)
Take-home COVID-19 tests available for some B.C. students who fall ill at school

BC Children’s Hospital plans to provide 1,200 kits to Vancouver district schools this April

Ruming Jiang and his dog Chiu Chiu are doing fine following a brush with hypothermia that saw several people work together to get them out of the Fraser River near Langley’s Derby Reach Park on March 25, 2021 (Special to the Advance Times)
Man finds men who rescued him from drowning in B.C.’s Fraser River

A grateful Ruming Jiang says he will thank them again, this time in person when the pandemic ends

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, was filming near Prospect Lake in Saanich last month. (Photo courtesy Fred Haynes)
Province announces $150,000 towards South Island film studio, fulfilling B.C. NDP promise

Investment to fund movie studio feasibility study at Camosun College

Most Read