Province creating culture of speeding in B.C.

What is an issue is the one-upmanship of left-lane speeders tailgating to force other speeders into the right lane.

To the Editor,

Re: Target speeders, not left-lane huggers, Letters, March 24.

Is the province catering to a culture of speeding?

For anyone consistently driving the speed limit, slow-moving vehicles in the left lane are a non issue. What is an issue is the one-upmanship of left-lane speeders tailgating to force other speeders into the right lane.

The new focus on the supposed left-lane laggards apparently arises from the feedback in a study for the Ministry of Transportation, which asked about “slower-moving vehicles” with no mention of speed limit. The study indicated that 42 to 81 per cent of respondents (depending on region) wanted speed limits increased. So essentially it boiled down to asking people who wanted to drive faster than the speed limit whether they were bothered by folks adhering to the speed limit.

Hopefully enforcement will continue to focus on the real safety problem of speeding and not divert scarce resources to finding the rare driver that uses the left lane inappropriately.

Fred KardelNanaimo

Nanaimo News Bulletin

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