Motorists need to slow down

Resident concerned about the rate of speed on local highways

In late November 2014, we relocated to Enderby from Terrace. After a settling in, we found ourselves going to Vernon a few times each week.

We soon noticed that a majority of the vehicles on the highway between these two destinations exceeded the speed limit. My observations were that many vehicles were going between 110 and 130 kilometres an hour and some much faster than that. My first comments were, “Holy crap, they go like hell.”

In July 2016, I rode my motorbike from Vernon back to Enderby and at the infamous Stickle Road, I decided to go at a speed of 100 kilometres an hour and count the number of vehicles that passed me. By the time I was near the Log Barn, just south of Enderby, the number I counted that passed me exceeded 100 vehicles. As noted earlier, most were going between 110 and 130 kilometres an hour. However, there were about a dozen who went by me so fast it felt like I was almost standing still.

From my experience, there seems to be minimal or no speed enforcement and the speed limits are treated by many drivers as guidelines that do not need to be strictly followed. When there are four lanes and the route has few curves, excessive speed poses less danger. However, it does make it extremely difficult for many vehicles trying to safely enter on to the highway. However ,there are two main areas were excessive speed is surely a major danger.

The main one is on the overpass north of Vernon. Many vehicles going both ways on the overpass do not reduce their speed to the posted limit and continue at a speed exceeding the posted speed limit.

If a camera was set up to record speed on that overpass, you would easily record hundreds of vehicles each day exceeding the posted speed limit. If the speed limit is not going to be enforced, at least put up a barrier between the north-bound and south-bound lanes so a vehicle is not able to cross over into the incoming lane.

I have a recent personal experience to relate. On Dec. 12, 2016 at 11:40 a.m., I was returning to Enderby from Vernon, via the overpass north of Vernon.

About two-thirds of the way over the overpass, a south-bound vehicle coming from the north came right across into the north-bound lane. The result was that vehicle hit me head-on. Both vehicles were total wrecks. The driver of the south-bound vehicle that crossed into the north-bound lane is no longer alive. I sustained multiple upper body injuries and fractures of my lower leg and ankle area that has taken plates and screws to repair.

I do not know the reason or reasons for the loss of control of the oncoming vehicle that resulted in the collision. However, I do know that a barrier separating the two lanes would have prevented a head-on collision.

Most likely, the driver noted would still be alive and I surely would not have been injured.

The other dangerous area is north of Armstrong when the highway narrows from two lanes to one lane each way. I have experienced numerous times when a vehicle races past me on the right to get one vehicle ahead of me as the one lane starts.

From there to Enderby is one lane each way and one has to vigilant because there are some drivers who want to pass when it is not safe. You have to lower your speed to let them back into the proper lane before they are hit by the oncoming vehicle.

Kenn Whyte

Enderby

Vernon Morning Star