Dear Mr. Editor,
I would like to express my concerns about the extended 50km/h speed sign just past South Glens. The new speed limit was introduced last week on Friday the 26th; I have only driven on Cardiff Road a few times in that week and it already annoys me. Most people I talk to believe it is a cash grab for the town of Morinville mostly directed towards the people of Cardiff. It’s hard to believe isn’t when there seems to be no reason to slow down to 50km/h passing by fields and a fence towards or leaving a stop sign.
But I am not here to complain about the extra 10 irritating seconds of travel time, but more so how this change only affects the people of Cardiff or anyone using Cardiff Road, and the extended posting only enforces the breaking of traffic laws.
I find it irritating that I have no voice in the matter. I can see no reason why anyone from South Glens or Morinville will complain because this does not affect their daily life. On the other hand people of Cardiff that use this as their road home will be driving back and forth irritated about this change which we will have no say in the matter. Of course we can raise concerns but in the end as we live in the County and not Morinville, our concerns won’t count.
What aggravates me most, is that as a new driver of four years now, the extended posting will subconsciously degrade my beliefs in always following traffic laws. I know there will be photo radar at the entrance of South Glens waiting to take my money for the town. But I also know that once I see the entrance is free of surveillance that I will accelerate despite the posted speed, and I know for a fact that many others driver will do the same because we see no reason in driving at such a slow speed passing by two empty fields. To me it is such a conflicting internal battle, I still believe that the laws should be followed to maintain order in society, but why would I follow a rule that lacks any reasoning behind it? What more is that the town of Morinville can agree to that statement?
There is no danger or concerns to have an extended 50km/h speed limit traveling east towards South Glens. There is however reports of people going as high as 100km/h in that zone. Residents of South Glens have complained about near misses merging onto Cardiff Road. These are legitimate concerns for westbound traffic but not eastbound traffic.
Something needs to be done and I understand that. I would be able to abide by the posted speed if it was 60km/h like 100th street going into Morinville. There is enough traffic on Cardiff Road for it to be considered an arterial road like 100th street. My other suggestion would be to have uneven speed limit signs. Yes it would look peculiar, yet would resolve my conflicting internal battle of whether or not to follow the traffic laws. Having the extended 50km/h zone affect only eastbound traffic but have it 80km/h for west bound traffic, like it originally was, would make both parties fairly happy. Whatever the solution may be, Id like to see a change before my positive outlook towards obeying town laws becomes subconsciously corrupted?
– Colette Bachand