Highway improvements needed
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As citizens of Squamish BC, a commuter city, we have concerns about the risks citizens face driving along our dangerous highways. Our citizens are put at risk driving to Whistler on a daily basis and something needs to be put into action.
On January 2, 2018, a tragic accident occurred leaving two casualties and multiple victims in critical condition. This left seven Squamish families devastated, dealing with the loss of their family members. This tragic event had occurred at 7:30 pm near Cheekye River Bridge north of Squamish. The accident was caused by a head-on vehicle collision with a minivan carrying seven passengers, all citizens of Squamish.
This stretch of highway has experienced many tragedies along, much like the accident that occurred on December 17, 2015. Before 9 am near Callaghan forest service road there was another head-on collision. An investigation determined that a vehicle traveling northbound collided head-on with another vehicle traveling southbound. The RCMP said in a statement, “Road conditions were snowy and slippery which caused the vehicle to cross the opposite lane.” The northbound vehicle caught on fire with the driver inside and the driver of this vehicle did not survive although the driver of the other vehicle was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. This collision resulted in the decrease of speeds but no other changes were made to highway itself to ensure safety.
Another head-on collision which took place on January 31, 2004. A northbound Volkswagen GTI carrying three passengers and a southbound Pontiac Tempest minivan carrying five passengers sideswiped each other at about 8:30 a.m. The Volkswagen crossed the opposing lane before coming to a halt head-on colliding into the minivan which caused the minivan to crash into a Ford SUV which carried a father with his 16-year-old son. The passengers of the Volkswagen were not injured. The accident took the lives of all five passengers in the minivan along with the father and his 16-year-old son, all were residents of Squamish.
As we can see, there have been many head-on collisions on this highway. To improve the highways and decrease the number of head-on accidents, we have come up with the solution of putting concrete barriers between dangerous roads. Concrete barriers would prevent cars that slip and lose control from entering the opposite lane. Safety can be easily increased by reducing the impact of vehicle collisions with these concrete barriers. We need to reduce the crash continuity of the vehicle during its collision which would be possible with barriers separating the two opposing lanes. The barrier will absorb the vehicles force when it crashes and will direct it in another direction to prevent collision with the opposing car.
As many Squamish citizens are driving up and down these highways every day we want to ensure that they are safe and also feel safe when they are driving. We have realized that there have been way too many head-on collisions which result in a very bad conclusion and we want to stop this. Many families are shaken by the recent disaster and do not feel safe driving up that highway to Whistler again and we want to fix that by placing concrete barriers between the two opposing lanes.
We have started this petition to end these horrific collisions. We would like to get as many signatures as we can to help make highway 99 to Whistler a safer drive. We want people to take a stand for their own safety, so together let's do something about it.
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