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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Safety On Hwy 6 A Top Priority For Many

Wiarton | by John Divinski  

About 60 people attended a meeting on the subject at the Wiarton Arena, put on by the Bruce Peninsula Safe Communities Committee.

Steve Atchison with daughter, lost his son in crash near Miller Lake.  
 
Safety issues on Highway 6, such as speeding and stunt driving, primarily between Wiarton and Tobermory, need to be addressed to stem the fatal accidents on the roadway.
 
About 60-people attended a meeting on the subject at the Wiarton Arena, put on by the Bruce Peninsula Safe Communities Committee.
 
Plenty of ideas were offered such as more safety signage, tougher penalties for stunt driving, zero tolerance on speeding and the construction of passing lanes, just to name a few.
 
From late August to early October this year, at least five people lost their lives on Highway 6.
 
Steve Atchison lost his son, 22 year old Traves of Lambton Shores in August, following a violent two-vehicle crash near Miller Lake.
 
Three others were killed as well.
 
Atchison was at the Wiarton meeting saying, "We see the problem; we saw it firsthand" and he wants to help solve the issues so what happened to his family never happens to anyone else.
 
He says his family wants to help because, "That's what my son would want, he's that type of man."
 
The meeting ended two hours later with a word of encouragement of Holly Devlin, mother-in-law of 38 year old Reverend Chad Honneyman, who died in a motorcyle accident in early October.
 
Devlin urged those attending to continue to offer ideas to help in "Love, not anger."
 
In between the two special speakers, the general public offered some ideas to members of the Bruce Peninsula detachment of the OPP.
 
Mark Walker suggested a zero tolerance for speeding.
 
Anyone caught going over the speed limit, no matter how little, gets ticketed.
 
Owner of the Maple Ridge Family Campground in Miller Lake, Albert Giraudi, would like to see some passing lanes constructed at different spots along the highway.
 
He says he sees the vehicles coming off the boat in Tobermory and many motorists are impatient to get on with their trip and that's usually when driving mistakes are made with speeding and unsafe passing.
 
Giraudi suggests knowing a passing lane is coming up may create some patience in some drivers.
 
Don Brough (BRUFF) would like to see the province come down on stunt drivers.
 
He says a 7-day licence suspension and loss of vehicle is not enough--he wants the penalty to be a year.
 
OPP Staff Sergeant Paul Richardson, along with other officers, listened to the suggestions and will study them.
 
In the meantime, Richardson says, "The OPP has resources to dedicate to Highway 6," such as aviation services and the support of the force's highway safety division.
 
He says "All of those resources come to support our local detachment, so in a combined effort, I think we can address the issues of Highway 6."
 
The Wiarton meeting was the first of two being held about the highway.
 
The next one is scheduled for November 8th in Tobermory.
 
 
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