LETTERS: Mixed signals on the road

Editor: Re: Road safety takes little effort, March 9 letters.


Re: Road safety takes little effort, March 9 letters.

I just reread the letter from Steve Barnes. Yes, he is right that signals are important, but he is wrong in that the drivers should let others know their intention.

These drivers don’t want anyone to know their intention, Canadian or non-Canadian, such as making illegal turns against signage or that they just want to get in front of you. They will do it with no respect for you, the law or themselves and their passengers.

I am a professional driver and have always – unless a dangerous situation happens that I don’t have time to signal – used my signal.

I do notice in the Vancouver area and lots of B.C. areas, a signal light has an adverse effect on someone’s gas pedal, turn your signal on and the other vehicles speed up. I once spent about two-plus kilometres in the left lane driving my bus, after passing a slower vehicle and waited till I am safely ahead of it to go back to the right lane, but drivers just whipped into the right lane between me and the vehicle I passed, giving me the finger and blowing their horn, even though I had my right-turn signal on.

Also, most people just follow what other drivers do, and that includes the police, who are not out often enough to get after these unsafe drivers and other dangerous, speeding drivers. I have even noticed that police cars will even stop for someone making a U-turn on Robson, Georgia, etc, till they complete the turn and not do anything about it, amongst other law-breaking driving laws that seem unimportant to the police.

After all, distracted driving is more hazardous as needing to have your seatbelt on. I guess so that should you rear-end someone or go off the road, due to speed, you will live to do it again.

Marienus de Jong, Surrey

Just Posted

Guatemala mission offers hope, health

Peninsula team to visit remote villages, build a home, in Piedra Blanca

PHOTOS: Surrey teacher’s annual fitness fundraiser raises $23K in six years

‘Zumbathon’ led by Elaine Chong draws 350 people to Fleetwood Park Secondary gym

Police investigating after 14-year-old boy pepper sprayed at Surrey mall

Surrey RCMP say two males fled the scene before officers arrived on scene at Guildford Town Centre

Champ Surrey wrestler looks to ‘threepeat’ at U SPORTS nationals in Calgary

Cloverdale’s Brad Hildenbrandt named male wrestler of year after Canada West title win

Former Surrey mayor Bill Vogel dead at age 87

Vogel was Surrey’s 31st mayor, in the big chair from 1978 to 1980, and was alderman from 1973 to 1977

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Mayors approve SkyTrain extension to UBC

Next step is a business plan and public consultation

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Police track armed kidnapping across Thompson-Okanagan

RCMP allege it was a targeted crime believed to be linked to the drug trade

St. Paul’s Hospital replacement slated to open in Vancouver in 2026

Announced many times, but this time there’s money, Adrian Dix says

Fourteen ‘dream’ homes ordered evacuated as sinkholes open in Sechelt

Sinkholes throughout the subdivision have prompted the District of Sechelt to issue evacuation orders

Most Read

l -->