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WEST SHORE LETTERS: Caution signs should be more clear about direction

Sign indicates speed limit and potential encounter for drivers. - File photo
Sign indicates speed limit and potential encounter for drivers.
— image credit: File photo

There isn’t a lot of writing on the yellow caution sign indicating children playing, near the elementary school on Wishart Road.

But it is a sign indicating a playground area that drivers will be coming up to. There is a similar sign further down the road on the other side of the school, and there is one on Owen Road, also before you get to the playground.

This is an area where, as indicated, you slow down to 30 kilometres per hour every daylight hour of the year.

I should say, you are supposed to slow down during those hours. Many people do not. In fact, many people do not slow down at any time of the day.

This is a playground area where our children and grandchildren are supposed to be able to play in safety, protected from racing cars and trucks. And it is supposed to be a safe area every daylight hour.

To give some people the benefit of the doubt, I do know that it is a school area and some may think the sign indicates a school yard and that there are certain hours where your speed is restricted.

But again, this is a playground sign. The speed restriction is in effect every daylight hour.

Please pay attention and slow down.

And yes, I agree that we should go back to when these signs actually had printing on them to indicate just what they meant, instead of the pictographs we use now.

Lyall Ericksen

Colwood

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