P.S.A.'S · 4th December 2012
There are many new comers to the Terrace region. Those who have lived here for years understand it can be freezing one day and melting like spilled ice cream on hot pavement the next.
But everyone should be aware of the slippery conditions under the heavy slush.
The emergency personnel of Terrace do not need more to do today, so lets ease up on the throttle and approach every intersection with caution. The person driving; entering from the left or right, may be locked up and sliding right through.
Beautiful warm weather still requires our full attention.
As for the highway conditions, check out the "Drive BC" link on our front page!
Comment by James Ippel on 7th December 2012
Just because the posted speed limit is 100kmp does not mean you drive that. This is an acceptable and safe speed for bare, dry pavement. Even for wet, bare pavement it is acceptable, but use caution in corners.
Winte conditions dictate that you drive according to conditions, and that is not necessarily the posted speed limit-but often much slower.
Slow down and spend Christmas with your wife, children,and family, instead of grieving at a graveside.
Don't blame it all on out of area drivers, we have enough of our own idiots-a lot of them displaying the big "N" on the back of their vehicle.
Easy way to nail company vehicles
Comment by Driver on 6th December 2012
You want to "nail" a dangerous driver in a company truck? Note any vehicle info plus a license plate number and send the police on a search. Can't be that hard for authorities to find. Could even call KBR or use this link: http://www.kbr.com/About/Code-of-Business-Conduct/ to make an "inquiry" regarding illegal operation of a vehicle. Some companies go as far as firing drivers with bad driving habits...
The KBR Tailgater
Comment by Rich on 6th December 2012
There are many crazy drivers on 37South these days. Some of them do carry the red and white danger plates of the province to the east. The accident last night that closed the highway for hours and saw people burned and injured will hopefully drive home the message that you cannot drive 120 km/h everyday. Especially a daily repeat offender. Leave room between you and the next person. Pass only when safe to do so. Its not a race track. Its our daily commute.
Yes to the kbr comment
Comment by gemlog on 5th December 2012
The signs say 'maximum', not 'minimum' for a reason.
I know that truck too.
Matter of time
Comment by Apocalypse Now on 5th December 2012
To the driver of the KBR pick up that drives between Terrace and Kitimat every morning ,could you please slow down before you kill someone
Comment by gemlog on 5th December 2012
I drive the highway between Terrace and Kitimat 4 times a day (2 return trips) and I notice a difference lately.
In the past year or so, there have appeared many more aggressive drivers and I think it's just an influx of those new to the area.
People from the cities (in my experience) are much less patient and polite: don't take turns for merging and will pass on a dime for a slight increase in speed. It's just not worth it and doesn't matter given wx conditions. In fact it's dangerous.
Look, I want to do it as fast as possible too. For that highway when bare and dry and our cops, that speed is about 105-ish. Anything higher will attract a ticket eventually. Besides, anything faster makes some corners far more in need of care when they come up on wet/hydro-planing days.
In compact, slush, washboard, slush on wash-board, ice, freezing rain, heavy fog, or all of the above at once, it's simply irresponsible to drive at that speed. Much less to pass people short and then cut them off.
A difference of 10km/hr to Kitimat only equals about 4 minutes. Come on... slow down.
Leave earlier if 4 minutes is that important to you.
Out of town inpatient drivers.
Comment by LocalDriver on 5th December 2012
I was travelling down the Old Lakelse Lake Rd hill from upper Thornhill at a reasonable speed for the slippery conditions when I was PASSED by a vehicle with out of province plates! I was shocked beyond belief and a little ashamed to admit that I hoped to pass them in the ditch further down the road.
I consider myself a courteous and patient driver but find that constantly being tested by tailgating big trucks from out of town. Traffic has definitely increased but, wow, seeing an endless line of headlights both in front of me and behind me reminds me of driving from Abottsford to Vancouver!
Comment by Pat#1 on 4th December 2012
about those intersections...they are usually full of water as well so look out for those of us on foot. We're wet enough already!