Letter-writer S. Cunningham suggests this photograph demonstrates that gates and fences do little to protect people.

LETTERS: Railway fences, gates no solution

Letter writers take on Transport Canada's decision to install fences along the train tracks in White Rock.

Editor:

The submitted photo (above) demonstrates the futility of erecting gates and fences to protect the public on White Rock beach.

On a daily basis you can see people standing on the tracks in front of an oncoming train or dashing across the tracks just before the train reaches the point of crossing.

S. Cunningham, Surrey

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In the past 45-plus years of going to the beach as a child and adult, I’ve realized the more fences, gates and railings they put up, the more people are going to hustle and bustle to achieve access to the beach by the quickest means possible.

When we were kids, there were no barriers, yet a constant warning alarm, a ringing bell on the trains and drop-down barriers at crossings.

When there was not this convoluted rat maze of impediment of barrings, the majority – 98 per cent – of people getting hit by the trains were the drunk, drugged, the unaware. Less is more.

Jay Heakes, White Rock

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Are we going back to the Second World War?

Many of us remember the barbed wire beaches, but at least there was a legitimate reason. It’s bad enough seeing six-foot fences at East Beach. I thought the issue was dogs on the beach; now it appears it is people.

A good start towards safety would be to not wear headphones.

Gillian Tennock, White Rock

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I believe there is one simple solution for all of us when it comes to our safety. This solution is probably why I, and most other people, are alive today.

We followed a golden rule: “Stop, look and listen.”

Take the fence down and put up these signs for those who were never taught or have forgotten. Parents, please teach your children well and set a good example. Hold their hands until they have learned this rule. I believe we all will be much safer if we learn to care for ourselves and one another. Isn’t this what democracy is? Please, let’s use a little common sense. Take the fence down now.

Stop, look and listen now. Be aware of what you need to do to stay safe. This is the responsibility of everyone.

Bonnie Friesen, White Rock

 

 

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