New driver concerned about road conditions
Editor’s note: the author of this letter is a student at Ascension Collegiate in Bay Roberts, and penned these words as part of a writing course.
Recently, I started my driving career around the community of Bay Roberts and I have recognized a major issue that I would like to bring to the attention of your readers. The constant potholes and lack of lines on the road are causing difficulties for drivers, especially those who are just beginning to learn, like myself.
The absence of lines on our roads is equally confusing and dangerous for both veteran drivers and those just beginning their driving career. The absence of lines on our roads can cause confusion in drivers over a number of different things such as lane divisions, turning lanes, and which lane they should be in for that particular manoeuvre. This confusion could quickly become fatal if a driver is driving in the lane of oncoming traffic.
Likewise, the potholes are just as dangerous for road users. These large holes in our roadways cause drivers to swerve or brake without warning to other drivers and therefore case unwanted accidents. This can be especially dangerous with new drivers as they are less experienced and do not know how to react as well.
Stats Canada said in 2011 that one of the top three causes of death for young adults aged 15 to 24 was accidents. While I realize many of these accidents are caused by other factors such as driving under the influence, some are caused by poor road conditions.
I hope this letter can both inform the public and spark action. I encourage all your readers to call their local council members and voice their opinions as well. The roads need to be maintained properly no matter the cost because our lives may very well depend on it.
— Brean Marshall writes from Clarke’s Beach