Dear Cop: No Left Signal

Dear Cop
My question is in relation to two problems at the intersection of Harvey and Spall. My first question is why is there no left signal light for either direction when turning off Spall and left onto Harvey? Everyday there seems to be a lot of congestion there especially with the new Tim Hortons on the corner of Spall and Harvey? Which leads me to the next question why haven't we extended the meridian further on the Tim Hortons side of Spall preventing people making left hand turns into The Esso gas station/Tim Hortons? I think there are worse crimes taking place that would probably need more man power to help solve these crimes rather than busting traffic violators, does not the benefit out weigh the cost? I guess some of my questions perhaps may have to be directed at others who have control of this area of the public works sector but I can only hope someone is listening!

Answer From Dear Cop
I understand your frustration with this intersection. I use this intersection quite often and try to avoid making a left turn if at all possible. I would rather go straight through and take Springfield Road. I think it is best to choose an alternative route rather than be caught at a light three times in a row.

As far as your second question, I identified the median problem to my Sergeant and he contacted City Hall. Our recommendation was to have the median extended further south on Spall Road so that vehicles would not turn left off Spall Road contrary to the clearly posted sign. In doing so it would prevent traffic from turning left out of the Tim Hortons across 4 lanes of traffic and also prevent traffic from exiting the lane directly across the street over 4 lanes of traffic. If this change is made it will make it simple for drivers and will hopefully prevent collisions. The less choices available, the less chance for mistakes.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment
350 Doyle Avenue, Kelowna, B.C.
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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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