Letter: Dangerous driving

Reader concerned about poor driving on Penticton streets

Having lived in this area since 1963, I am appalled at the disgusting driving habits and lack of law enforcement in this city.

Stop signs mean nothing, speeding down Main Street at 20 to 30 kilometres over the limit, running red lights and other deviant methods of driving have become the acceptable norm.

Two years ago my daughter was t-boned in her Tahoe when an elderly Albertan blew through a red light on Main and Duncan, totalling her vehicle.

What was startling was that the RCMP was called but never showed up, with the other driver not being charged.

That same year as I was coming back from OK Falls on East Side Road, a BMW sports car wearing Florida plates was passing traffic on blind corners while the GranFondo bicyclists were trying to get out of his way. A 911 call was placed, and even with plenty of time to intercept him, he was never stopped.

Kind of makes a person wonder what the use is of calling when this type of nonsense occurs. I can readily understand the reasons for road rage being perpetrated against drivers like this in such cases.

Today, while making a left turn into my residence on Preston Avenue, another “incredibly endowed” Pentictonite decided to pass me on the left side as the turn was being made.

She was in a hurry but did stop momentarily to tongue lash me for being a dumb jackass. So much for common sense!

While I understand there are other priorities the RCMP have, our city really needs to address the idiocy on our streets.

On another note, a death trap waiting to happen is the exit out of Canadian Tire if you’re trying to turn south. How about a light, city council?

William Hill

Penticton

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