VIEWPOINT - Coquihalla Road Maintenance
I find it interesting that following 2 serious crashes, Neil Menard, the mayor of Merritt, has been taking shots at the maintenance crews that are responsible for the Coquihalla. His statements seemed to imply that the public should be able to drive on bare pavement, regardless of the weather conditions.
My first thought was, its pretty bush league to call out the road crews, but also that it is stunts like this that just nurture the attitude that people are not responsible for their own lack of skill, or vehicle preparation, when it comes to winter driving in BC.
Regardless of the condition of any road, the onus is on the driver to have the vehicle properly equipped and also be competent at driving under the conditions.
I have never heard of ICBC apportioning blame on road conditions, with the exception of rock, mud or snow slides. My point being, if road conditions are the focus of the cause of the accidents, then how would he explain that the majority vehicles travelling at the same period, manage to do so without crashing?
If conditions are the main problem, then you would expect every second vehicle to end up in the ditch.
I just wish people would start accepting responsibility for their own driving behaviour.