Road rules shouldn’t serve aggressive drivers

With regard to the recently imposed Big Brother left lane edict, I offer the following narrative.


With regard to the recently imposed Big Brother left lane edict, I offer the following narrative.

A few days ago, I found it necessary to pick up a friend at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal. As I had plenty of time, I decided to drive strictly in accordance with the new left lane law.

I entered the Pat Bay highway northbound from the Quadra Street approach, wishing to travel at the posted speed limits of either 80 or 90 km/h while at the same time adhering to this new rule of the road. To do so, I was obliged to change lanes no fewer than 35 times. The overwhelming majority of highway collisions is brought about by lane changes.


I find it highly distressing that traffic flow decisions are now being made to appease “aggressive drivers,”

who may become annoyed by being prevented from travelling at rates

of speed in excess of the posted speed



I beg to suggest that such scofflaws, rather than law-abiding drivers, ought to the targets of policing bodies. These malfeasants need to be taken off the road and enrolled in compulsory anger management programs.

Is the speed limit what is posted on the traffic sign or not? If it isn’t, then amend the sign.

Surely the administration of justice is brought into disrepute by a law which decrees that a citizen who fails to enable another to engage in illegal conduct be punished while the latter escapes penalty.

At some point in our recent past, signs reading “keep right except to pass” have surreptitiously replaced those reading “slower traffic keep right.”

I myself shall continue to drive in the left lane at the posted speed limit, and look forward to my first ticket, which will enable me to argue the merits of this moronic legislation in Court.

John C. Simpson


Oak Bay



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