We need more traffic planning

Regarding the recent seven-hour highway stoppage south of Parksville on Highway 19.

Regarding the recent seven-hour highway stoppage south of Parksville on Highway 19.

Regardless of all the reasons for these delays, there are several things that can be done to help the public avoid being stuck in these lineups. First, our local MLAs could lobby their provincial counterpart in the department of highways to come up with a proper long-term solution.

In addition, the RCMP could advise the local radio stations the minute there is a problem and stations could give a brief update every 15 minutes. This way, travelers can check before taking to the highway and will know when the problem has been cleared.

The police or highways department could also force traffic to turn off or turn around at the last available intersection or opening the barrier before the accident. This would allow those stuck in the lineup, who can delay their trip, to go home, or at least, go for lunch or coffee.

This isn’t brain surgery. Let’s cooperate and come up with a plan.

Bill TraceQualicum Beach

Just Posted

Police go on hunt for distracted drivers in Parksville Qualicum Beach

One motorist ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt and using a cellphone while driving

Motorists attempted CPR on victim in fatal Highway 4 crash west of Whiskey Creek

Witnesses say three vehicles involved in collision; man in 70s confirmed dead

More units added to Parksville’s Corfield site

Supportive housing project progressing rapidly

Unique type of rock show at Parksville beach

WATCH: Rock art from youngsters and adults alike on display

Stolen Bentley spotted going wrong way down highway found in Summerland

The car has been recorded going the wrong way on the Coquihalla, found two days later

Illegal cannabis club in Port Alberni ticketed again

RCMP seize cannabis, issue fine for second time in five months

Motorcyclist dies after three-vehicle crash on old Island Highway

Accident happened at 12:15 p.m. Friday near Country Club Centre in Nanaimo

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

2 fires in Victoria caused by cigarettes prompts warning from deputy fire chief

Two separate fires caused by cigarette butts were avoidable

Most Read