Rainbow crosswalks can distract drivers

Promoting equality shouldn't be done at the cost of distracting drivers, says city councillor.

To the Editor,

As a person, I’ve  always been a strong advocate for freedom of expression and speech. I have supported and always will support any initiative promoting equality.

On the subject brought forward to council regarding instructing city staff to look further into the matter of promoting equality, I’m still in full support.

But on the issue of making any changes to pedestrian or traffic control signage being on the roadway or posted …. I am not in support.

Changing colours otuside of the formatted way already prescribed by the Motor Vehicle Branch is to me throwing caution into the air.

Being a police officer for over 27 yes and having attended too many accidents, I for one am well aware of the consequences  caused by pedestrian or vehicle distractions.

I feel that changing any colour or design format of any pedestrian crosswalk can be proven to be a safety issue. Crosswalk insignia is well known nation-wide and may cause some confusion to drivers.

I’m confident that the uptown merchants committee,  after reviewing this initiative, will come up with a more suitable  way to promote equality.

Just because other cities have already endorsed the initiative does not make it safe enough for our travellers.

I would also  strongly  suggest seeking advice from the local police and Motor Vehicle  Branch. The issue should also be addressed by the traffic advisory committee of Port Alberni.

Denis Sauve,

Port Alberni

(Note: Denis Sauve is a current city councillor in Port Alberni.)