Opinion

Everywhere the signs

The new highway sign just west of Nelson. - Greg Nesteroff photo
The new highway sign just west of Nelson.
— image credit: Greg Nesteroff photo

For those who drive it on a regular basis, the little stretch of Highway 3A west of Nelson known as the Beasley bluffs is an obvious place to slow down and be cautious. For those not as savvy, it can be an unexpected danger zone.

Full marks to the Ministry of Highways for its new addition to the trouble spot. For an investment of $200,000, the province hopes it has found a solution to a notoriously dangerous stretch of highway.

Local operations manager Hugh Eberle told the Star that signs are a result of calls for a solution to that area during the time the ministry added a passing lane just west of town. Many critics wondered why government wouldn’t spend money on corners that have claimed lives rather than a stretch that is relatively safe.

Instead of sinking millions into widening a nasty bit of geography, the ministry has installed signs. Some may say it’s not enough; we say it’s the right move.

Far too many drivers ignore well thought out warnings on our highways – those huge reflective signs with a big “60 KM” pasted on them? Ya, that means slow down. Too many don’t. Their arrogance behind the wheel makes them feel invincible. In turn, that attitude puts their life and others in danger.

It’s not the government’s responsibility to take away danger at any expense. The ultimate responsibility on our highways rests with those who turn the key. We live in an adverse geography and climate. That combination means extra thought is always required when heading out.

So pay attention to the new $200,000 signs when you head west. And pay attention to the much less expensive signs that litter the sides of highways all across the province. If the Ministry of Highways has gone through the effort to post it, there is a good reason for its existence.

 

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