It’s not the highway that causes the accident

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To the editor,
Over the past several days Highway 104 has been in the local News as well as on CBC TV News – between exit 27 and 29 of the Tran Canada Highway and about the number of fatal accidents.

Fire Chief Joe MacDonald would like to see that part of the highway twinned. Now please do not take me wrong for I too would like to see it twinned. But many factors come into play as to the cause of these accidents: number one, drivers passing in no-passing zones, tailgating, talking on cellphones, texting and not paying attention to oncoming traffic and the list goes on. There are many passing zones on this highway.

We have many twinned highways in the province and there are still fatal accidents on them. Why? Because drivers do not pay attention to the posted speed and road conditions. All they want to do is get there. So I say to all drivers, leave early and drive the speed limit and according to road conditions. For I have never seen a highway do anything or cause an accident. It is the person driving the automobile that is at fault.

Yes, Mr. MacDonald, I would like to see the highway twinned. But that is the way I see it. Thank you and drive safe.

Loyd Murray

New Glasgow

Geographic location: New Glasgow

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Recent comments

  • JLM
    May 12, 2014 - 13:08

    Timothy Rhude, it's not just the speeding that's the issue - how about we address the drivers that go 60-80 in a 100-zone, then speed up to 120 in the passing lanes! The drivers behind them take too many chances trying to get around these idiots. I've seen more near-misses on the highways caused by the slowpokes than the speeders.

  • Timothy Rhude
    May 06, 2014 - 19:48

    Loyd could not be more right! Vehicles do not kill people, people kill people. When the finances allows to twin this road it should be done until then reduce the maximum speed and increase police presents with zero tolerance for speeding. Plus, lets get some of these big trucks off the road and cargo where it belongs - on trains.

  • Joe MacDonald
    April 26, 2014 - 20:53

    Mr Murray, It isn't Hospitals that make people sick, but we do need them to make us well.

  • mark
    April 26, 2014 - 19:39

    Glad to see issue so easily solved. Just tell people to drive smarter. For any that forget, maybe Mr. Murray is willing to go help cut their maimed or dead bodies out of their vehicles.

    • L Murray
      April 30, 2014 - 10:58

      Well Mark and Joe I been there and done that and yes if people drove the right way we would not have to cut any one out of cars.