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LETTER: Problem with drivers is inattention, not speed

Hummingbird attention spans are killing more of our people than 50 km/h speed limits

Editor:

Re: Two-thirds of B.C. residents support lower speed limits, June 16

Laudable but a mite disingenuous, methinks. I wonder what percentage of those “two-thirds” either own or drive a vehicle.

It’s true that there is a bit of trend – at least in the developed urban world – toward un-friending vehicular traffic.

Paris, for example, just went to 30km/h, excepting a couple of arterial routes. If you’ve ever experienced Parisian traffic, you can understand why.

Nevertheless, the vast majority of the world’s cities have 50 km/h residential speed limits – some, significantly higher.

If we’re really serious about reducing urban/residential accidents, we should be focusing less on continually penalizing law-abiding, attentive drivers in our society, and start attacking the problem where it exists, by focusing on the idiots behind the wheel.

Our speed and road-rules enforcement is a joke.

You want to save lives? Legislate the requirement that all portable electronic devices within reach of the driver, when the motor is running, be turned off.

Hummingbird attention spans are killing more of our people than 50 km/h speed limits.

Larry E. Olson, Surrey

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