Letters to the Editor

Speed is not a killer; bad driving skills and poor judgement are

I was very impressed with the fact that Tom Fletcher listed the more relevant causes of injury in car accidents and pointed out that speed is very frequently not the problem (“Letting drivers set speed limits,” The Leader, July 15).

Traveling at high speed when it’s safe to do so should not be used as an excuse to top up budgets.

Speeding fines and ICBC rate hikes are just other kinds of hidden taxes that we have to prevent. The only way to do that is to outlaw the principle upon which the police are allowed to issue speeding fines.

That is, we need to understand that in principle, speed is not the root cause of accidents, bad driving skills and poor judgment are.

Speed is only one factor in the big picture, along with road conditions, physical condition of the driver at the time of an accident, etc. Punishment for merely traveling at high speed on an empty road is illogical and immoral.

For further information on the root causes of accidents, visit sense.bc.ca


David Simonov

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