Columnist was right about the perils on the road

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I write regarding the Aug. 31 column, “Drive at your peril,” by Russell Wangersky.

Having completed a 2,500-kilometre tour to St. Anthony and L’Anse aux Meadows, plus many side trips, during nine days in August, we can attest to

all of Mr. Wangersky’s observations. Whereas we didn’t count the number of opposing vehicles while driving the speed limit, we overtook only two vehicles for the entire trip.  

As he did, we had several vehicles — two of which were motorcycles — pass at what had to be at least 150 km/h. The positives were that the entire highway was in excellent shape and there wasn’t a clunker to be seen. But excessive speed on the highways is resulting in too much anguish and heartbreak, so innovative ways of controlling speed must be found. All too often it’s the innocent who must pay the price for the indiscretion of the driver impaired by attitude, among other things.

Impatient drivers aren’t limited to the highway, though. Just a couple of days ago I was waiting while a pedestrian crossed the street on a walk light. The driver behind me leaned on an angry horn to get me moving.  I found it sad that a driver needed to be so aggressive, and scary that someone with a split pea for a brain could have control of a one-and-a-half tonne lethal missile.

Derm Browne

St. John’s

Geographic location: St. Anthony

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  • Marshall Art
    September 18, 2013 - 13:36

    The sad fact is that good drivers on our city streets and highways have to put up with aggressive, rude, discourteous, speeding, tailgating drivers. I slammed on my brakes to avoid T-boning the driver of an F-150 type truck who had just cruised through a STOP sign in Mount Pearl. I blew my horn at the driver. He put his truck in reverse, backed up, opened his door and barked , 'you got a problem'? I told him he went through a STOP sign. His response to me was , ' f --- off ' . No wonder the reputation of NL drivers is in the toilet when Neanderthals like that are behind the wheel.

  • Jon Smith
    September 18, 2013 - 06:50

    Speed is one thing but the horrendous condition of the roads and bridges is probably the cause of more fatalities than speed. Try to drive in the rain on the TCH with two rivers flowing in the wheel ruts and try hitting almost any bridge with potholes, rebar sticking out at any speed. Pretty soon the only safe way to travel with be by armoured ATV with all around airbags. Everybody at the Works and Services Department must be asleep at the wheel. The only division that seems to be working is the bump sign painting folks.