Spec read­ers should sup­port Hwy. 6 safety push

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: High­way safety

It was one year ago on Vic­to­ria Day that I had a near-death ex­pe­ri­ence on High­way 6 out­side of Port Dover. I’m do­ing some trav­el­ling this month, and hap­pened to be on a train this week with a few min­utes to check in with www.thes­pec.com. Much to my dis­may, I saw a front-page story about a fa­tal crash on High­way 6 at Glan­caster Road last week. Ac­cord­ing to the ar­ti­cle, po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances.

Not only am I sad­dened, I con­tinue to be con­cerned that in one year’s time, noth­ing con­crete has re­ally been done to ad­dress the dan­ger­ous con­di­tions fac­ing driv­ers on what many lo­cal res­i­dents term a “killer high­way”.

In March, I was in the gallery at Queen’s Park as MPP Ted McMeekin pre­sented a pe­ti­tion I played a part in or­ga­niz­ing. With the help of a num­ber of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, 557 sig­na­tures were col­lected. Those sig­na­tures rep­re­sent 557 con­ver­sa­tions that un­folded in the door­ways and liv­ing rooms of peo­ple in this com­mu­nity who are fed up with watch­ing oth­ers die.

The pe­ti­tion was launched — in part — to sup­port a pri­vate member’s bill cru­sad­ing for stiffer penal­ties for care­less driv­ing in this prov­ince.

That bill has since died on the or­der pa­per, but I’m told there is hope it will be res­ur­rected. I’d like to en­cour­age Spec­ta­tor read­ers to call their lo­cal MPP to push for ac­tion on this is­sue. We need as many voices as we can get. Karen Cum­ming, Burling­ton

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