Letter: Road kills presaged Willoughby traffic accident

Dear Editor,

In addition to the recent crash [Two injured in crash, Aug. 12, Langley Advance], multiple road kills have occurred at 208th Street and 80th Avenue (near Willoughby Elementary) throughout the three years that I have lived in the neighbourhood. The most recent incident prompted Langley Township staff to install a “Watch for Wildlife” sign to alert drivers.

I had also previously informed the Township traffic division and Langley RCMP Sgt. Gerard (traffic) of the poor driving habits of motorists along 80th Avenue, between 208th and 200th Streets. Many motorists routinely drive without regard to school zone speeds, as well as exhibiting dangerous driving behaviour such as passing on solid line into oncoming traffic.

The road kill issue is just a symptom of an underlying problem that needs to be addressed with traffic monitoring. This traffic incident is a warning that more serious incidents could happen.

May I suggest a traffic campaign before school hours (drivers routinely speed before 8:30 a.m.) and outside of drop-off and pick-up times, as during those times, 80th Avenue near Willoughby Elementary is too congested for speeding.

Patricia Tallman, Langley

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