Further to the appeal in the vehicular deaths of Becky and Johnny [Crown appeals dangerous driving case, Oct. 22, TIMES], there is still something very wrong at that intersection.
I had several correspondences with our MLA and conversations with the RCMP traffic department. The consensus seemed to be that changes were made to the median heights, but the posted limits and traffic signals were enough to control the intersection.
With the speed posted at 80 km/h, cars will be going 90-100 km/h and racing through yellow lights.
Not long after Becky’s and Johnny’s deaths, I saw another car balancing on the median. That accident caused the car to rest on the median, so no one was killed. It could have been another fatality.
I find it ludicrous that the speed is reduced to 60 km/h about a block east, in preparation for the Abernethy Way bypass and the traffic intersection there, and there seems to have been a fair number of accidents along that stretch as well.
Now I’m wondering what will happen with the new mall that is going into that block. Surely, they can’t leave it at 80 km/h, and have people coming in and out of a mall.
It’s as though lives don’t matter, but the occasion of yet another shopping centre will necessitate lowering the speed limit going west at least.
The diagram I saw on a television report was in error, showing the accident as happening at the merge lane on the southeast corner. The car at fault is supposed to have passed on the right, lost control and gone across both lanes left, and flipped into the oncoming west-bound traffic lane, where Becky and Johnny were either stopped or slowed down to make the left turn onto Harris.
There but for fortune go all our children.
Eileen Robinson, Pitt Meadows
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