Respect road rules

Nobody cares about slowing down for construction. Is everyone out for themselves?

A letter writer says the disregard shown by drivers in speed-controlled work zones is a sign of social decay.

Although I see it everywhere, between 96 Avenue and 104 Avenues on 160 Street there was recently road construction going on, and as usual, the speed limit through there was 30 km/h.

All of the necessary speed limit signs were up, yet not one driver seemed to pay attention to them and sped through at the regular speed limit of 60-plus km/h.

I stopped and spoke to a couple of the construction workers and asked them if I was the crazy one or was it 30 km/h through there? They replied yes it was.

They then pointed out the people speeding right by them as if they weren’t standing on the edge of the road and stated that nobody listens to the signs and even when the flaggers tell people to slow down, nobody does. Nobody cares anymore.

This is a serious safety issue, not only for other drivers but for the workers. And not only is it blatant negligence and disregard for the law and the rules of the road, it’s dangerous, disrespectful and ignorant.

Is this another one of those signs of social decay? Everyone’s out for themselves? I hear a lot of talk of multiculturalism, equality, taking care of the planet and the community and each other, and how we should all treat each other equally and with respect, and all these cute little thoughts and suggestions. But unfortunately it’s all just talk because nobody seems to care about anyone but themselves.

As long as we tolerate these issues, no matter how big or small, and continue to accept them as the norm, then things will continue to get progressively worse.

Every little issue matters because it’s all part of a bigger picture, which is getting society to a place where we can practise what we preach. But it starts with respectfully abiding by the rules.

W. Tracey, Surrey


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