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“After you’ve had a few drinks you
look at your options for getting home. It’s an issue.
“There’s no real bus service. And
they haven’t made other plans. They’re thinking, ‘I’ve got to get home, what
are the chances (of getting caught)?’It’s probably the same situation anywhere
towns and amenities are spread out and there’s not a public transit system
people can rely on.
“Speeding, aggressive driving,
drinking and driving — everyone knows the danger. I don’t know what to do about
the public education to make it sink in,” says King.
He believes that with both drinking
and driving the emphasis has to be on prevention. When it comes to speeding, he
sees complacency as a major issue.
“I think part of the problem is
people have so far to go to get where they’re going. They could be driving in
regularly from D’Arcy to Whistler. They’ve driven it twice a day for 10 years
and there’s the monotony, they just want to get where they’re going.
“As far as speed is concerned, I
suggest putting photo radar between here and Whistler and put a big sign that
says there is photo radar, because it’s more important to keep them from
speeding than catching them after.
“And we can take a lesson from
Kiewet. You know their signs that say ‘Slow down, my mommy (or daddy) works
here.’ Maybe we use pictures of actual vehicles that have been in accidents —
there is some value in shock value. We need some kind of in-your-face signage
that reminds people that these are winding roads and they are subject to
weather changes. If it saves one life it’s worth it.”
King agrees with Cpl. Vadik that the
majority of accidents are preventable.
“I think you could say 90 per cent of
MVAs on the road today are preventable if people were paying attention, not
drinking, not speeding, not talking on the phone, not yelling at the kids in
the back, not pouring their coffee — a lot of accidents could be avoided.”
While the first responders will
continue to meet quarterly to assess and refine their efforts at enforcement,
education and engagement, they will not be alone.