LETTER: Time to get tough with speeders

Bob Etheridge says, “The cheapest possible solution is to lower speed limits on residential and rural streets, coupled with enforcement,” (Lower speeds to improve safety on rural roads, Nov. 17). While likely the cheapest, there is a more effective one.

Numbers from ICBC show that, in eight of the years between 2006 and 2015, the leading factor in fatal car crashes in this province was speed. For too many, speed limits are rumours; and despite increasing fines, temporary licence suspensions, and even jail time, rumours they remain. It’s time to consider three-and-out.

First time caught speeding, a significant fine, and a written warning that caught again and the licence is revoked for a year; caught a third time and the licence is gone, for good.

Being advised that consequences to persistent speeding would include losing mobility, a job, and maybe affect even being able to get a job might not change everyone’s behaviour. But in due course, repeat offenders would be off the road.

Brian Nimeroski

Sooke

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