Follow rules of the road before someone is killed

Writer sees at least one driving infraction each time he walks around town.

I would like to bring up a very important topic on drivers in town. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has the same issues, but there are so many instances that, if unnoticed, can cause accidents.

Some of the scenarios are: A vehicle is going through an intersection. Another vehicle is right behind this vehicle. The light turns red but the second vehicle chooses to run the intersection regardless the light has already turned red.

This happens not only if one vehicle is behind another one, but also if they’re in different lanes. If one person decides to run a red light another vehicle often decides to run the light as well, regardless if they have enough time to stop.

One scenario I would like to bring up is pedestrian safety. At least half drivers will neglect to stop at crosswalks. This is absolutely unacceptable. If you did this on your drivers test: Automatic fail.

I’ve also noticed a few times that some vehicles will actually speed up through a yellow light, which is an infraction.

Of course I can’t point any fingers for various reasons, but I just want drivers to be more courteous. I honestly can’t get enough of bad drivers in town who refuse/neglect to follow rules. It can cause danger for anyone.

There has to be a way to stop drivers from so many infractions. I won’t lie. I see at LEAST one infraction, if not more, every time I walk in town. Again, I just want drivers to be more courteous and simply follow the rules of the road before somebody gets hurt — or worse, killed.

Stephen Dykstra

Smithers

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Better COVID-19 testing results needed in the north

Former senior Northern Health official also wants work camps shut down

Closures and cancellations in the Bulkley Valley due to COVID-19

Many places and businesses have closed or reduced their hours

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

Northern Health preparing ‘for a changing situation’ in response to COVID-19

The health authority is taking a number of measures to free up hospital capacity where possible

Concerns raised over publicly discarded masks, gloves

Deputy mayor says behaviour is simply unacceptable in time of elevated public health crisis

Canada expands 75% wage subsidy to COVID-19 affected businesses of all sizes: Trudeau

Program will provide up to $847 per week for each worker

LifeLabs reducing public hours as it assists with COVID-19 testing

Coronavirus tests not done at B.C. patient centres, referrals only

24,000 Canadian Forces members ready for COVID-19 response: Defence Minister

No direct requests made by premiers yet, national defence minister says

IN DEPTH: How B.C. emptied its hospitals to prepare for COVID-19

Thousands of beds have been freed up, but patients and seniors have had to sacrifice

‘Nothing concrete’: Tenants, landlords lack details after B.C. unveils COVID-19 rental aid

Single mom in Golden says she’s already going to the food bank after being laid off

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 morning update: Olympics delayed one year; 12,000 health care workers infected

Comprehensive world news update: Lockdown in UK showing signs of hope

Newspapers are safe to touch, World Health Organization confirms

Just make sure to wash your hands as you would after touching any surface or object

Most Read