Re: 'Too much speed on our streets' letter to the editor, Friday Sept. 21
Mr. Zucchelli has a valid concern. However, the need to create safer streets in his neighbourhood is also needed in so many other neighbourhoods in the Tri-Cities.
We can create many kinds of traffic calmers, speed bumps, traffic circles, post all kinds of signs, including speed limit signs - but still many drivers keep ignoring them.
So what's the solution to keep these ignorant drivers from creating safety hazards, especially for children in these neighbourghoods? I know one answer to improve the situation and I have brought it up with authorities, but to no avail.
I have suggested that we need to get more results by directing our paid police departments to increase traffic enforcement activities. Instead, the response I received from a member of Port Moody municipal city council and a member of the transport committee was that we shouldn't be too harsh on drivers by issuing violation tickets, as many of the violators are our taxpayers.
Am I wrong in assuming that it is OK for taxpayers to break the law? Would it be OK to be involved in criminal gang activities as long we're tax payers? Let's be a little more aggressive in demanding more from our municipal authorities and our police when it comes to enforcing traffic laws, regardless whether or not we're taxpayers. We might even save some innocent child's life.
Juhani Jokinen Port Moody