Letter: Overpass protesters take your placards elsewhere

Have protesters stopped to think how distracting their actions are with respect to the drivers of vehicles on the highway below?

To the editor:

Re: Highway 97 Overpass at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Recently I have seen photos in our newspapers and on TV newscasts, which show large numbers of people standing on the overpass, displaying and waving placards, above a very busy Highway 97.

Both groups, who recently have used the overpass in this manner to get their messages out, have good intentions, I’m sure. However, have they stopped to think how distracting their actions are with respect to the drivers of those vehicles on the highway below?

I recently experienced this distraction during the last demonstration from this location. I was pleased to hear that the RCMP has announced a crackdown on distracted drivers.

The city has been fortunate not to have encountered a major catastrophe as a result of thoughtless behaviour.

I hope these groups and all others, contemplating using the overpass for their personal use, will refrain from doing so in the future.

Let’s help the RCMP not hinder them.

Lynn Vaughan, Kelowna



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