Monday, January 22, 2018

Shoulder speeders endangering lives


Mark Fraser

 Can anyone tell me what is the speed limit on our highway shoulders? You may think this is funny but I am serious.

Every day I sit in traffic leaving Diego Martin and heading to Port of Spain. 

I stay in my lane and drive along at under ten miles an hour, as we inch along to Cocorite. Yet cars, SUVs, vans and sometimes small trucks speed along the shoulder doing closer to 40 or 50 kph, passing close to the bumpers of those cars on the roadway, blaring their horns to make you give them some room and cursing you if you don’t move fast enough. 

I shudder to think of what could happen if a child is ill and sticks his head out the window or, worse yet, not sensing the impending danger, opens the door. Even pedestrians are not safe because they inevitably have to jump out of the way of the speeding vehicles.

So I come back to my question because since there is hardly ever a police presence to deter these lawless drivers, maybe they know something we don’t. 

Maybe it is lawful for them to be on the shoulder as long as they don’t break the speed limit!

I pose this question in the hope that this time the police get up and do something about the problem. 

However, even if they don’t I will not be joining the lawless band of drivers. I will continue to limp along to my destination.

Arlene Stephen

via e-mail