New driver con­cerned about road con­di­tions

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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