Clearing brush and trees could save lives

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The roads in and out of St. John’s must be the most used roadway system in our province and we need to have the dangerously close trees and brush cleared back for the population’s driving safety.

All the routes in and out of St. John’s have thick wooded areas and should be cleared back of trees and brush for moose accident prevention. If you drive across the province you will notice that as you approach any of the major towns there has been tree and brush -clearing surrounding these town areas. Why are the St. John’s area roads not tree and brush-cleared? Daily, we have the most travelled roads, with numerous moose in the area.

On Pitts Memorial Drive, next to Mount Pearl and Kilbride, there are wood/moose paths that lead right to the highway shoulder. Recently in that area, I had an extremely close daylight (11 a.m.) encounter with a moose running full speed alongside, and then in front of, my vehicle.

I am always looking for moose while driving and was unable to see it coming from the trees. On the routes into/out of St. John’s there are many, many roads where tree and brush-clearing needs be done for moose/vehicle accident prevention safety. These roads are traveled by thousands of people back and forth daily, and have some of the closest and most dense trees and brush close to the road I have seen in travelling the province’s main roads.

On your next drive into or out of St. John’s, take a serious look at how dangerously close trees and brush are in long stretches along these routes. To make all of our daily driving safer from this problem, contact Transportation and Works Minister Paul Davis, email PADavis@gov.nl.ca. He is the MHA for Topsail, C.B.S.

 

P.D. Boone

Conception Bay South

Geographic location: Mount Pearl, C.B.S.P.D. BooneConception Bay

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