Dec 09, 2014 - EDITORIAL: ROAD SAFETY SHOULD INCLUDE TOUGHER PENALTIES


The Prentice government has launched a new online survey to gather resident views on what can be done to make Alberta’s highways and roads safer for everyone.

The survey, which runs until Jan. 2, asks for public input on a number of related topics, including on the demerit point reduction program, the road testing program, medical examination reports, and the driving training system.

The results will help the province make changes and improvements, both in urban and rural areas, says Wayne Drysdale, minister of transportation.

“To ensure that legislation remains current and to know we’re making the right improvements, we want input from our traffic safety partners and Albertans,” said Drysdale

As one of the activities many West Central Alberta residents are engaged in on a day-to-day basis, highway and other road travel is also one of the most potentially dangerous things people can do.

As such, this new provincial survey is a worthwhile undertaking that will hopefully lead to positive improvements. Residents are encouraged to take the survey, which can be found on the provincial government’s website www.alberta.ca.

At the same time as the survey is being conducted, the provincial government and its police force partners are reminding drivers about the dangers of impaired driving, including during the holiday season.

“Impaired driving negatively impacts society and Albertans need to say enough is enough,” said Drysdale. “Each holiday season, families are devastated by impaired driving and it has to stop. Everyone should consider safe options to get home this holiday season to prevent these senseless tragedies.”

The provincial government is doing its part to increase road safety through its new survey and by reminding motorists about the dangers and risks of impaired driving.

Perhaps it’s time the federal government also starts doing its part when it comes to road safety. Specifically, how much longer will Canadians have to wait until the Harper government finally brings Canada’s drunk driving penalties into line with public expectations?

As things stand right now, drunk drivers across Canada are all too often given nominal fines and short jail terms for what the public at large deems to be extremely serious public safety offences.

Albertans and their fellow Canadians want safe roads – and they also want drunk drivers to face far greater and more severe punishments and penalties, as they do in many other countries.

So here’s an early holiday season message for Prime Minister Harper’s Conservative MPs: It’s high time for you to start doing your jobs by exercising the authority Canadians have given you to bring the nation’s drunk driving penalties up to date.

Source: Didsbury Review


 

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