To the editor:
In response to Rick Brown’s letter (Reason For Few Lefts, Capital News, Jan. 26).
Regardless of the fact that Highway 97 is the main route from California to Yukon and, subsequently, Alaska, the portion of it going through Kelowna and West Kelowna is downright dangerous when it comes to left turn signals.
In West Kelowna, vehicles are often travelling down the highway at speeds of 80 kilometres per hour to 100 kilometres per hour.
At these speeds, it’s ridiculous that cars waiting to turn left off of the highway have no left-turn signals to accommodate them.
Meanwhile in Kelowna, local traffic does have access to alternate routes along Springfield Road and Enterprise Way but the reality is those two roads cannot accommodate the volume of vehicles that Highway 97 can.
Have you ever tried driving down Enterprise Way on a Friday afternoon?
I actually think that if there were left turn signals at every light along Highway 97 (through Kelowna and West Kelowna), it would speed up the flow of traffic.
You wouldn’t have cars blocking the left-through lane waiting to get into the left-turn lane.
People do take risks trying to turn off the highway. But it is out of sheer frustration.
I have witnessed, and been a part of, waiting three or four light (changes) before being able to turn left off of or onto onto Highway 97.
The bottom line is Highway 97 is a main route through Kelowna.
Until we have another bridge crossing Okanagan Lake coming off at some other point in the city, the highway will always be the chosen route to get from one end of town to the other.
I hope the B.C. Ministry of Transportation realizes this and puts into place ways to make travelling along the highway safer for everyone, and that means left-turn signals at every light.