Pro­ceed with cau­tion on lower speed lim­its

Tillsonburg News - - OPINION - — Post­media Net­work

in­volved al­co­hol. are res­i­den­tial neigh­bour­hoods prone to wan­der­ing drunks?

When it comes to age, the stats are in­ter­est­ing, too. in Cal­gary, play­ground zones are lim­ited to 30 km/h. that must be work­ing to some de­gree since in all of al­berta, only four chil­dren un­der the age of 15 were in­volved in a fa­tal pedes­trian col­li­sion in 2016.

the age group with the high­est ca­su­alty rate was 15 to 19. maybe the 30 km/h rate works. maybe it’s teenagers not look­ing twice be­fore cross­ing the street.

then we come to en­force­ment. With­out it, rules are just win­dow dress­ing.

let’s take those play­ground zones. many in Cal­gary say while they’ve driven through those ar­eas, they’ve been passed il­le­gally by some id­iot speed­ing above the 30 km/h limit. Clearly, there is not enough en­force­ment and pu­n­ish­ment for trans­gres­sors.

Fi­nally, we need to hear from the traf­fic sec­tion of po­lice de­part­ments, the of­fi­cers on the front lines, be­fore de­ci­sions are made. do they think there’s a prob­lem and can they en­force a new rule?

ob­vi­ously, we all want zero fa­tal­i­ties for all road users, but so­ci­ety has ac­cepted there’s a risk to our au­to­mo­bile cul­ture. should we keep work­ing to lower the ca­su­alty fig­ures? ab­so­lutely. but let’s make sure it’s ef­fec­tive and not merely an­noy­ing.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.