Editorial: You will get caught

Speeding anywhere, rural roads or not, you will be ticketed

You will get caught

On a sunny spring morning, almost a steady stream of cars make their way up and  down Mountain View Road in Agassiz.

There are working vehicles — from both the District of Kent and the Village of Harrison. There are pick up trucks and sedans carrying all passengers and drivers of every age, sex, colour and background.

None seem to be speeding, to the casual eye. But that doesn’t mean speeding doesn’t happen. It would be ridiculous to suggest such a thing, as lead-foot drivers don’t usually discriminate when it comes to neighbourhoods.

And when it comes to a sunny stretch of a straight country road, nothing could be more tempting to those inclined to push their car to the limits — despite the dangers involved.

As pointed out in council on Monday night, speeders speed everywhere. If they learn to avoid the so-called ‘bypass route’ through the force of a Speed Watch program, RCMP enforcement, physical barriers or through public education, they’ll simply speed elsewhere.

But they will get caught eventually. It’s only a matter of time. RCMP have been stepping up all enforcement in recent months, pulling drivers over for distracted and dangerous driving.

Driving with a phone to your chest, speeding against a highway sign, putting on lipstick behind the wheel — it’s all against the law, and the RCMP have been clear that you will be ticketed, not warned.

Fair enough. With the amount of information out there in all forms of media, there is no reason any driver can claim ignorance of the law or its consequences.

 

-Agassiz Harrison Observer