Letter to the editor 1, August 22, 2019

Ph. D not required

Dear Editor,

I am surprised that you gave the space and wasted the ink to publish Dr. Roy's dissertation/venting (Letters, The Journal, August 15, 2019).

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) regularly does surveillance on eastbound Highway 20 coming into Vaudreuil-Dorion. Some might call it a speed trap. I call it education.

The speed limit signs are plainly visible day or night. Quebec road signs have strict specifications for reflective luminosity so the ‘bright lights’ excuse is non sequitur. Perhaps driving for 10 hours straight was too much for Ms. Roy's eyes?

Most people approaching from the west and seeing street lights, traffic lights, restaurant and other business signs might clue in that they are entering a town. Most have had the experience to know that in towns the speed limits are reduced. It doesn't require a Ph. D. to deduce that.

That stretch of road has seen more than its share of severe accidents.

Actually I'm surprised there are not many more. People just go way too fast there. Anyone who takes some time to park on any of the cross streets near one of the traffic lights on Harwood Boulevard will witness one car or transport truck after another sailing through a mature red light.

They are going too fast to stop and don't care. I have, over the years, developed the habit of waiting for all cross traffic to stop before I venture across Harwood.

And a note to Dr. Roy. Your ticket was given to you by an officer of the Sûreté du Québec, not the ‘town's’ police force. Vaudreuil-Dorion, unlike some towns in the U.S., does not profit. The city actually has to pay for the policing in their limits. They pay even more for extra services such as ‘speed traps’ in an effort to increase security. The fine goes into the coffers of the Société de l'assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ), partly to fund indemnity for victims of road accidents, many caused by your sort of misbehavior.

Alfred Epstein

Les Cèdres

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