Re: Poor planning creating Millstream auto crashes, Letters, Dec. 16, 2011.
A letter about the lights on Millstream Road and the Trans-Canada Highway pointed to a far greater issue with the driving public.
Driving in Victoria is like driving in a bumper car game. I cannot specify percentages accurately, but in my observance, most people do not:
1. Stop at stop signs;
2. Stop at yellow lights (I was once rear-ended for doing so on Millstream Road);
3. Observe the speed limit;
4. Stop before entering a crosswalk;
5. Stop before crossing a sidewalk;
6. Stay within the yellow and fog lines;
7. Use signals appropriately;
8. Follow at a safe distance.
ICBC makes it very difficult for young people to get a driver’s licence. It should be just as difficult to keep your licence.
Tests should be conducted every few years to determine whether a driver is familiar enough with the rules of the road to hold a licence. This is not the Wild West. We live in a society with rules.
You cannot idiot-proof the streets and highways. You can only keep the idiots off of them.