To the Editor,
Road safety around Cameron Lake all boils down to speed. I see a lot of motorcycles going at a speeds far beyond their control, they think because they are small they can jump in and out of traffic easily.
As I travel over the Alberni Hump I see many motorcycles travelling at speeds that are ridiculous, jumping in and out of cars that are doing the speed limit. Don’t get me wrong, some cars and pickups are no better—they think they are all contenders for a speedway driver. I have seen some very close calls on that stretch of highway, especially heading out of Port and entering on the hill on the other side coming to Port.
Eighty to 90 percent of vehicles pass everyone they can on the two lanes at ridiculous speeds, just to find out there is a person or persons driving the speed limit ahead of them. It is a bit funny to watch but on the other hand dangerous.
The speed limits on that stretch of Highway 4 from Alberni to Coombs and back are plenty fast enough for all to obey. We need more unmarked police cars on that highway to slow down drivers in the specified areas mentioned. Unmarked cars are the only way it will happen, if they set up radar the vehicles that pass the radar in the opposite direction flash their lights to oncoming cars to warn of radar ahead. All they are doing is making it safer to speed: some get caught but a lot get through then go like the dickens to make up for lost time slowing down for the radar.
As an ex-professional driver I have seen this all over North America.