Letters to the editor – Nov. 11

Weekly letters to the editor from within the Sooke community.

Some drivers ‘clueless’ in Sooke roundabout

The new roundabout is intended to be a vast improvement to the traffic flow at the Evergreen Centre junction. It’ll be that, if drivers learn how to use a roundabout.

When the work crews are off duty, the construction progress thus far has us now using the roundabout as a “finished” roundabout.

The signs are clearly posted: “Yield to traffic in the roundabout.” This isn’t happening.

There are drivers on Sooke Road coming from the west and heading east, and vice versa, to wherever they’re going, that somehow figure they still have the right of way because they’re on Sooke Road, and the roundabout just means they have to dip slightly to the right, and then carry on.

They seem to think that anyone already in the roundabout has to wait for them to go through. Wrong. I’ve nearly lost my front fenders to these types of drivers five times now, and the project isn’t even completed yet. I’m sure I’m not the only one with the same experience recently.

I hope Sooke RCMP send a member to sit somewhere near the new Royal Bank building to monitor this crap, and hands out expensive tickets to the clueless drivers who don’t grasp what a roundabout is for.

If what I’ve seen so far isn’t fixed, ICBC isn’t going to like the claims tally stemming from this new roundabout.

Garnet Saunders, Sooke

 

Motorists must yield to emergency vehicles

Re: Ambulance response times getting slower (News, Nov. 4)

I have been a paramedic for 30 years. A disturbing and frustrating pattern of driver behavior has become so commonplace as to be the norm, rather than the exception: I refer to the almost universal failure of motorists to exercise their legal obligations to yield to emergency vehicles that are displaying flashing red lights.

The law requires that motorists pull over parallel to the closest edge of the road and stop until an emergency vehicle has passed. It does not state that one merely changes lanes, or that one stops suddenly in the middle of the road or blocks an intersection, your obligation is to yield to the emergency vehicle – not the other way around.

With the propensity for cities to use medians at intersections, it is becoming increasingly more difficult and dangerous for emergency vehicle operators to respond. As with divided highways or one way streets, the closest edge of the road may be on the left, not the right.  if traffic would pull over to their closest road edge, even the largest fire trucks can pass.

Barely one driver in 20 fulfills their legal obligations to properly yield.

Each and every motorist out there has the opportunity to help, or profoundly hinder responses by all emergency services. there is nothing more tragic and frustrating than trying to reach a time sensitive medical emergency but cannot because drivers refuse to yield, block intersections or simply lock up their brakes in the middle of the road.

It is not just “other” drivers that are the problem. I ask you to evaluate your own role in helping emergency responders get to where they are needed.

Ian Hames, Paramedic, Chase, B.C.

 

Fletcher an apologist for the B.C. Liberals

Re: Silence of the email servers has a deafening sound (B.C. Views, Nov. 4)

In his latest opinion piece, Tom Fletcher once again attempts to explain away and apologize for the egregious behavior of the B..C Liberals and Premier Clark.

Many journalists and others have spent months, even years, wondering why their FOI requests have gone unanswered, and B.C. residents are continually left in the dark.

Now it turns out, the government claims to no longer keep records of what it does, a juvenile and patently absurd excuse along the lines of a dog ate my homework.

According to Mr. Fletcher, the bad guys are not the ones hiding and keeping important information from the public, whom the MLAs are elected to serve, but those making the FOI requests and criticizing the lack of oversight and reportage.

In light of the breath of fresh air which is the new federal Liberal government and our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Mr. Fletcher’s article so clearly represents the type of government 70 percent of Canadians just elected to remove, the stifling, controlling, fascistic Harper government. This article makes abundantly clear what B.C. residents will hopefully do next: vote out the BC “Liberals” who are federal Tories with another name, and elect people who will do for B.C. what Trudeau and his government wants to do for the entire country.

Helene Harrison, Shirley