Letters: New law is not a licence to speed

Those who stubbornly maintain their right to impede traffic in the left lane suffer from a self-righteous sense of entitlement, writer says.

Re:  The editorial (An unnecessary law, Chilliwack Progress, March 13)

It seems the writer has misunderstood the intent of Minister Todd Stone’s proposed legislation targeting left-lane hogs on the highway.  No one, least of all the transportation minister, has expressed any expectation that drivers in the left lane must accelerate to the posted speed or drive at a speed that they’re not comfortable with, something clearly implied in the Black Press editorial.

The expectation of this legislation is straightforward: unless you’re passing another vehicle, move over to the right.  It’s not that complicated: put on your right turn signal, look in the rear-view mirror, check your blind spot, and when it’s safe to do so, move over to the right as quickly as possible.  This safe and simple action must surely be taught at every driving school, and is nothing like the challenging maneuver suggested in the editorial.

It’s called courtesy.  It’s practised everywhere else in Canada.  It’s especially prevalent in Great Britain and Europe.  Those who stubbornly maintain their right to impede traffic in the left lane suffer from a self-righteous sense of entitlement.  At best, their behavior is passive-aggressive. At worst, nothing less than rude.

Elsa Benin

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