What is an “emergency”?

Sooke shares a major artery with Metchosin and Port Renfrew and when the flow is staunched, everyone bleeds.

Sooke Road is the lifeline for Sooke and areas beyond and if anything, no matter how minor, happens along any stretch of that two-lane road, you better hope your gas tank is full because you will sit idling bumper to bumper. Add to that the usual crush of vehicles between 7 to 9 a.m. or 3 to 6 p.m. and you have an intolerable situation.

Just last week a very, very minor spill of some vehicle fluid basically shut the highway during the afternoon rush hour. A fire department vehicle was used to block the road and drivers were allowed through intermittently. There were also police and other emergency service vehicles on site. Was this really necessary? This appeared to many to be an unacceptable use of emergency vehicles. There was no “emergency.” What there was was an overkill situation and it should not have been allowed to occur during the busiest time of day. It was inconsiderate and way too far overboard. This wasn’t a huge oil spill like the incident on the Malahat. It could have been cleaned up with a few absorbent pads and a little kitty litter in 10 minutes.

What if someone in that long line-up had a medical emergency? They would be trapped, ironically enough by the very people who should be serving them.

This is an ongoing issue in these parts and the Ministry of Highways should be doing a traffic count on the most highly travelled highway portion of Sooke Road past the four-lanes. An alternate route somewhere east of 17 Mile should be seriously considered because of the increased traffic expected from increased development around Sooke. Light rail, fast buses, and overpasses are all talked about, but at least those who can use these have options while people driving to and from Sooke don’t. Our MLA, MP and mayors should be fighting and lobbying for improved access on our lifeline route. It’s time.

Just Posted

VicPD investigates stabbing near Selkirk Montessori school

Victim in potentially life-threatening condition

Federal candidates react to Trudeau blackface controversy

‘It does look like a foolish mistake,’ says Green candidate David Merner

Realtor pitches Langford’s third retail cannabis store

Local business owner Ron Cheeke prepares to open Honeycomb Cannabis

Cougar sighting reported near two Sooke schools

Sighting near Ecole Poirier Elementary and Journey Middle School

VIDEO: Trudeau asks Canada to look to current, not past, actions on race

Liberal leader says he never spoke about the racist photo because he was embarrassed

Horvat paces Canucks to 6-1 pre-season win over Oilers

Vancouver improves to 3-1 in NHL exhibition action

Legislature gifts, clothing, travel need better control, B.C. auditor says

Audit follows suspensions of managers by Speaker Darryl Plecas

‘Really disturbing:’ Trudeau’s racist photos worry B.C. First Nation chief

Wet’suwet’en Chief concerned the photos will sow fear in Indigenous communities

‘Unacceptable’: What politicians have to say about Trudeau in blackface

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: ‘When I saw that picture last night, certainly it was a sucker-punch’

Island contestant competes on Great Canadian Baking Show

Andrea Nauta auditioned for the show before but was lucky second time around

VIDEO: B.C. man accused of assaulting sex worker loses temper in interrogation

Defence lawyer says statements made by accused Curtis Sagmoen should be deemed inadmissible

LETTER: It’s an accident waiting to happen

I am very happy Tim Hortons restaurant is now in Sooke, but… Continue reading

Teens charged in stabbing death of B.C. man in strip mall parking lot

Two youths, aged 15 and 16, charged in Aug. 16 killing of South Surrey’s Paul Prestbakmo

Most Read