LETTERS: Dangerous situations

Letter writers advise officials of areas of great concern.

Editor:

I live in the Pacific Douglas neighbourhood that has been growing in the past few years and is now a lovely place to raise a family.

However, I am really upset at the dangerous driving I see every day at the intersection of 8 Avenue and 172 Street. This is the main road access to our neighbourhood, and it has been getting busier each month, often with a line of cars waiting for each light.

Trucks travelling east between the Highway 99 off-ramp and the truck crossing on 176 Street routinely blow through the red light long after it has turned green for the cars turning west onto 8th from 172nd.

Trucks need a warning signal that the light at that intersection is about to change so they can slow down early enough, because by the time they are close they are going so fast they cannot stop when it changes.

I believe a dump truck hit a small vehicle there a year ago, and I am sure it is only a matter of time before someone else is injured or killed.

There should also be cameras to allow these drivers to be ticketed when they blow the light.

Last week, my friend narrowly avoided being plowed into by a semi, and only took that extra second to look again after seeing her green left-turn arrow because I had told her to watch out for this exact thing.

It makes me sick to think of what could have happened to her and my baby in the back seat. The truck driver didn’t even have the judgment to lay on the horn to warn the driver waiting to turn into his path that he was about to run them down.

This is an unacceptable situation.

Cheryl Wilson, Surrey

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When out walking the other day, I took the wood stairs off of Thrift Avenue down into the ravine adjacent to Ruth Johnson Park.

Part way down, my feet went from under me and I had a terrible fall. Fortunately, I did not incur a more serious injury other than bruising all over my legs and back.

These stairs in particular should be marked unavailable until they are all covered in either a screen or shingle material. As is, they are extremely dangerous!

Paul A. Dukes, White Rock

 

 

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