Drunk or sober, reckless drivers are a problem

Why not create a Society Against Bad Drivers by getting angry at those who endanger all of our lives?

To the Editor,

Re: Death inspires anti-drunk driving group, Oct. 11.

I am saddened that Denise Tutte lost her son to an impaired driver a year ago, and very glad that she is using her anger and grief to form a local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving. It is only through social pressure that we can rein in drivers who also drink or do drugs and hence threaten all of us.

What I also find to be sad is what appears to be our response to other bad drivers. When the Trans Canada highway was tied up for four hours this summer while a collision was investigated and cleaned up anger was directed toward the police, not the driver responsible for the whole incident.

Just four hours after that intersection was re-opened I witnessed another car turning left after the advance green had long since become red, nearly causing another collision. Recently I was on a bus that came close to colliding with a fuel truck that did the same thing. In a span of six weeks this summer I was nearly struck in three separate incidents by drivers who were driving recklessly. The News Bulletin has regularly reported accidents and we learn that provincially the accident rate has rapidly risen.

Rather than take out our anger against the police and ICBC (neither, of course, are perfect) why not create a Society Against Bad Drivers by getting angry at those who endanger all of our lives and report them to the RCMP?

Ultimately the responsibility is ours to make our roads safer places.

Ian GartshoreNanaimo

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