More work to do on in­ter­sec­tion safety

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With­out a doubt, the people of Hum­boldt and all Saskatchewan res­i­dents will be re­lieved that the gov­ern­ment of Saskatchewan has ini­ti­ated mea­sures to ad­dress the safety con­cerns at the site of dev­as­tat­ing Hum­boldt Bron­cos bus crash. Hope­fully the changes will pre­vent other ac­ci­dents at that in­ter­sec­tion.The manda­tory train­ing re­cently an­nounced for truck driv­ers should also im­prove high­way safety through­out the prov­ince.It should also be noted that in­ter­sec­tion is only one of more than 900 in­ter­sec­tions in the prov­ince; the re­cent safety re­port notes that the Hum­boldt crash site does not have a high over­all fre­quency of col­li­sions. It is clear, there­fore, that more work must be done to im­prove the safety of high­way in­ter­sec­tions through­out the prov­ince.The Oc­to­ber throne speech an­nounced the gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion to spend $700,000 to clear sight lines and im­prove safety at high­way cross­ings for more than 900 in­ter­sec­tions. It is not clear how ef­fec­tive an av­er­age ex­pen­di­ture of less than $800 per in­ter­sec­tion will be in pre­vent­ing fa­tal ac­ci­dents.Ge­orge Pe­ters, Regina

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