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Letter: Increase traffic enforcement

By James Barber, Vancouver
Published: February 20, 2024, 6:00am

Due to the lack of enforcement in the city and county, our traffic management is abysmal. We have people on motorcycles weaving in and out of traffic while running stop signs and lights at 60-plus mph. We have people in souped-up cars drag racing on our streets, including protected school and residential zones. We have people on electric, motorized vehicles terrorizing pedestrians on our sidewalks. Fatalities and serious injuries are on the rise and what are we doing about it?

As property and business owners, we pay taxes for the safe and legal operation of our city and county. Seems they don’t mind passively sending us tax bills but for what exactly and which priorities?

The city built a very expensive bike lane on Columbia Street that prevents citizens and voters from parking in front of their homes. Looks good on paper but who is this helping exactly?

Traffic enforcement, like parking enforcement, pays for itself.

I’ve always believed the purpose of laws is to protect a society. But when the city and county fail to enforce their own traffic laws, what’s the point of having them at all? Do something or the voting citizens will.

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