Public safety

Joe the logging truck driver had just driven into Oyama from the logging site above Kalamalka Lake.

He was headed for the Armstrong mill with a  full load of logs.

Chugging up the last hill before the landfill turnoff, Joe was ready for the long downhill and windy section arriving at the Okanagan College turnoff.

Joe thought, fortunately, the lights are green at the college and should help speed up his round trip to the mill. The brakes were operating normally to this point but suddenly as he applied brakes to coast down Hospital Hill, something gave and his brake pedal slowly sank under his foot and to the floor with no brake response.

The loaded logging truck was gaining speed headed to the bottom of Hospital Hill and into a red light intersection full of vehicles waiting for the light to change.

This is a re-enactment of what is possible and inevitable in the City of Vernon.

A number of letters sent to the Ministry of Transportation and still no response to consider building a truck stop and brake check by Okanagan College.

What is predictable is preventable.

Barry McDougall


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