Letters: Noise can cause stress-related illness

Logging trucks on West Coast Road are stressing people out

Kudos to Al Wickheim and Laura Barker and the Sooke News Mirror for the front page article on the noisy early morning logging trucks barrelling down West Coast and Sooke Roads.

Add my name to the list of folks whose sleep has been disrupted and who has staggered into work in a state of ineptitude. I don’t think we can say that there are no provincial laws regarding noise from vehicles. If I am driving down the road in my car or motorcycle with no operating muffler I can be pulled over and given a fine and be required to repair said muffler. Or if I am screeching my tires or braking loudly (see Division 7A of the MVA) I can be fined.

Since people operating job sites and noisy businesses are not permitted to begin making noise before a certain sensible morning hour, it seems to me that noisy logging trucks (they actually rattle my house… like an earthquake) could easily be subject to similar rules.

This 3 a.m. start isn’t only disrupting the sleep of residents along the highway. The drivers of those logging trucks would be subject to the same stress-related illnesses that eventually afflict anyone who continually works when his or her body needs to be sleeping.

Jo Phillips

Otter Point