EDITORIAL: Excessive speeding puts lives at risk

Recent incidents on Vernon area roads demonstrate that some people aren’t getting the message about excessive speed.

On Sunday at about 8 p.m., a police officer came across two vehicles and a motorcycle racing on 27th Street — one of the busiest routes in town. One can only imagine what would have happened if one of these motorists had gone out of control, particularly when there is a constant flow of vehicles and pedestrians.

The most troubling aspect of this situation is the drivers, who reached a speed of about 130 kilometres an hour in a 50 zone, only had their novice licenses. They are still developing road skills and their ability to handle such excessive speed is doubtful.

But this wasn’t the only example of poor decision-making.

Six vehicles were impounded on Highway 97, north and south of Vernon, on the weekend because they were 48 to 83 kilometres an hour over the posted limit.

The bottom line is that speeding drivers are jeopardizing the lives of everyone on the road, including themselves.

“At those speeds and if you get into an accident, the chances of not surviving go up dramatically,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

Parents, children, spouses, friends could have their lives shattered forever because a loved one was taken away from them.

And even if an accident victim survives, injuries could create lifelong challenges.

Speeding may provide a momentary thrill or get you somewhere a few minutes early, but is that worth the risk?

Please slow down.



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