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Letter: Speed limits on roads should be ‘seasonal’

To the editor:

I just heard about the new increase to a certain amount of provincial highways in B.C., and as much as I support the idea I believe that they should have a sign that reads: ‘Seasonal Maximum’ and have the limit (on highways like the Coquihalla (both 97C and 5) from Westbank/Kamloops to Merritt/Hope) be increased to 140 km/h for the months that can handle the speed.

As being able to do that limit (and I’ve had others pass me at 160 km/h+) when the roads are bone dry, with no other vehicles or rigs in sight, and being capable of stopping a lot quicker than how it would be with doing 140 at Thanksgiving; I agree with how that could/should be ruled as a seasonal speed limit, the same way that they have the flashing ambers warning you to put your chains on and make sure you have decent tires for when there are massive winter conditions ahead.

So, if you can legally do 70 km/h (by using your road sense) in the winter time with or without chains, why not legally use your road sense and do 140 km/h while driving in the summer time with no need to ‘constantly’ think more than twice about what’s ahead.

Luke Topham,

Kelowna

 

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