Speeding drivers using Sooke’s Phillips Road as ‘drag strip’

Residents say drivers are often driving double the speed limit

Weary Phillips Road residents could soon see relief from speeding drivers, as the district looks to curb the lead foots.

The posted speed limit on Phillips Road is between 20 to 40 km/h.

Residents say every day, they spot drivers going double the speed limit – or more.

“Phillips Road, in both north and south directions once past the bridge over DeMamiel Creek, is for far too many a drag strip, and with more homes and vehicles in Sunriver it has become worse,” wrote Brian Nimeroski in a letter to Sooke council.

“Doing nothing has done nothing to help correct excessive speeding.”

Councillors have received numerous complaints about speeding on Phillips Road.

“It’s a real problem,” said Coun. Brenda Parkinson.

RELATED: Speeding on Sooke’s Sunriver Way a major problem: officials

Part of the problem is the speed limit changes depending on what direction you travel on Phillips Road.

District staff is collecting data on the speed limit, and plan to install a speedreader, which will determine how fast people are driving on the road.

“I’m a little reluctant to put signage up until we get an idea on how fast people are going,” said Rob Howat, director of development services, pointing out municipal staff is looking at speed zone signage in other areas in Sooke, particularly in the Sunriver neighbourhood.

Coun. Bev Berger said inconsistent speed limits on Phillips Road is the issue.

“I’d like to know what the RCMP feel is a suitable speed limit there. It changes twice or three times on that road,” she said.

Howat said the RCMP were unlikely to tell the district what they believe is an appropriate speed for Phillips Road, but said they could ask for more traffic enforcement.

Council asked for a report on the speed limits and safety on Phillips Road. The report is expected later this month.

In the meantime, Nimeroski has a suggestion: turn to technology to reduce speeds by installing battery-driven, alternating yellow flashing light standards.

“Something has to be done. With the RCMP without the staffing to conduct regular speed checks, this is worth a try,” he said.



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