Letter: Increase fines for log loads tipped on roads
Open letter to Okanagan MLAs Norm Letnick, Steve Thompson and Premier Christy Clark:
Last month, a logging truck dumped its load just north of Penticton. The TV coverage interviewed a police officer who said that it was a miracle that no one was in the adjacent lane or there would have been serious consequences. At the end of the interview, it was stated that the driver was charged with fine of $197.
All the traffic had to be diverted for a period of 24 hours and all emergency vehicles in the area had to be rerouted while the clean up took place.
A number of years ago, a logging truck lost its load near 8 Mile Ranch killing a Grade 12 student from Rutland Senior Secondary School.
This past summer, a logging truck lost its load near Squamish killing a motorcyclist.
To me, there are not enough safeguards being taken by the logging industry to prevent logging trucks from losing their loads.
I would ask that all of you take the necessary steps to ensure that something is done to prevent similar incidents.
A fine of $197 is not a sufficient deterrent to ensure that the necessary safety precautions are taken to ensure public safety. I would suggest a fine in the order of $3,000-$4,000 would get the immediate attention of the logging industry and they would find a solution within a week to prevent the unnecessary deaths that are far too frequently happening in our province.