Opinion Letters

No enforcement, trucker frusutrated: LETTERS

(Re: ‘Police sounded warning last week’ in the Nov. 2 edition of the Examiner)

I travel Highway 400 between Highway 9 and Teston Road (near Maple) every day.

Because of construction, the speed limit along most of that stretch and right up to Barrie is 80 kilometres an hour versus 100 km/h that is normally posted.

It’s fine to point the blame for most of these horrific crashes on transport trucks. What you don’t hear is the fact that absolutely no one is doing the speed limit, whether it’s trucks or cars.

Going south from Highway 9 after the Highway 400 crash, I was travelled 20 km/h over the speed limit and I was the slowest by a long shot.

The average speed through there is over 120 km/h, which is 40 km/h over the posted speed limit, and this is going through a construction zone!

Where is the speed enforcement? We do not pay any of the polices services to sit on the shoulder waiting for an accident to respond to. They should be preventing these accidents from happening. Getting as speeding ticket and losing a couple of points is better then dying in a car accident, unless you have a death wish.

Thanks for hearing my rant.

I also have a daughter who travels that stretch of road every day. I’m terrified I’m going to get the call that she’s not coming home anymore because of one of these accidents.

Jerry Babin


Trucker frustrated

I’m a seasoned truck driver who has been embarrassed and frustrated with the once-respected and trusted industry in recent years.

The need to move freight in this extreme consumer society has changed the requirements for employment drastically, from no experience required to automatic trucks.

The mentality of the new Canadian/new driver regarding speed and a huge lack of professional courtesy is worrisome.

It has forced professionals to change their habits out of frustration.

Anyone can go fast, but it’s always been and should be all about how fast you can stop.

Steve McHale

Owen Sound