Hur­ri­canes are a warn­ing

Penticton Herald - - OPINION - Mark Billes­berger Pen­tic­ton

Dear Edi­tor: Are Mother Na­ture’s dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­canes Har­vey and Irma just a warn­ing for the con­tin­u­ing dis­as­trous man-made 1991 Desert Storm? It is still en­gulf­ing the en­tire Mid­dle East with its end­less de­struc­tion, suf­fer­ing and evac­uees des­per­ately seek­ing refuge... in­clud­ing to Canada. Joe Sch­warz

Pen­tic­ton River­side. I have seen many close calls be­tween peo­ple turn­ing right on River­side and oth­ers il­le­gally merg­ing onto the high­way uti­liz­ing the far right lane.

It is a right turn-only lane, and is not prop­erly marked as such. An­other ar­row needs to be added closer to West­min­ster Av­enue so that driv­ers can ac­tu­ally see that it is right turn only, and not a merge lane onto the high­way. Also please paint the words “Right turn only” on the pave­ment, as ar­rows seem to con­fuse some peo­ple.

My last re­quest, and this was sug­gested to me by my neigh­bour Paul: a set of traf­fic lights at the cor­ner of High­way 97 and 3A. Truck­ers must cringe every time they have to at­tempt the left turn from 3A onto 97 North.

With two lanes merg­ing into one south­bound on High­way 97, driv­ers have a ten­dency to race to jockey for po­si­tion, caus­ing un­nec­es­sary risk for mo­torists. I think it is a bril­liant idea, as it will not in­ter­fere with the nor­mal flow of traf­fic be­cause there are no other traf­fic lights in the vicin­ity.

It is our col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the safety of the trav­el­ing pub­lic.

All three items I have men­tioned are all ac­ci­dents wait­ing to hap­pen. Let’s not wait for tragedy to strike be­fore ad­dress­ing th­ese is­sues.


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