Letter: Too many Speed Racers in Kamloops


Speeding and aggressive driving in Kamloops is becoming a serious problem.

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With the recent death of a pedestrian on McGill Road and numerous other close calls in the city lately, I am starting to wonder about police traffic enforcement in Kamloops.

I have lived in Juniper Ridge for more than 20 years and since the city “improved” Highland Drive, that road and Qu’ Appelle Boulevard have turned into speedways.

The posted limit on Highland is 50 km/h, but do the speed limit and you will find people either tailgating you or passing you like it is a race to the top of the hill.

The speed at which people pass my home on Qu’ Appelle has become unbelievable and ridiculous in recent years.

Do the residents of Juniper Ridge and Kamloops think it is acceptable to excessively speed in residential areas?

The neighbours and I have reached out to the city and the speed watch program numerous times, with no real results. The speed watch people do come out and set up, but they put out signs to let drivers know they are in the neighbourhood which I understand is for their safety.

However, that only results in drivers slowing down during the speed watch.

That would be like the RCMP setting up signs on the highway, letting drivers know there is radar up ahead. Not too many people would be caught speeding.

The last time we contacted the city and asked for some speed reader signs to be installed on Qu’Appelle, between Finlay Avenue and Nechako Drive, we were told that would not happen.

But I see in the past few months that one of those speed reader signs has been installed on Qu’Appelle in West Juniper.

The issue of speeding has become such a problem on our street that we are looking to move to another area of town so we don’t have to take our lives in our hands every time we go out to mow the lawn or shovel snow.

I hate to say it, but it is only a matter of time before someone is killed or seriously injured on Qu’Appelle due to speeding.

The only way to stop it is for the police to do more enforcement and start handing out speeding tickets.

Jim Davis

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