No harm in driving a little slower

'Arrogant' drivers need to better share roadways with cyclists and pedestrians. Lowering speed limits is a start

Re: Lower speed limits dumbs down driving (Letters, Aug. 21)

To reduce speed limits treats a symptom, not the problem. But it may still be better than the problem left untreated.

One opponent, in his letter to the editor, refers to those who disagree with his view as “Luddites” and “zealots” who can’t drive. He goes on to state if limits on side streets are reduced, then we should be able to do away with driving tests or lessons, because ‘anybody’ should be capable of controlling a car at 40 km/h. This arrogant sense of entitlement is part of the real menace on our roads.

There is no harm in slowing down a little. Most sensible drivers already do 40 km/h on side streets, maybe even 30 km/h on some. To formally reduce the limits acknowledges this. Cyclists and pedestrians can’t speed up, so drivers should share the space.

Marsha Henderson

Saanich