Short arm of the law in Wakefield, Quebec


by admin on March 31, 2010

The Editor,

Do you still have the automatic reflex of slowing down as you’re driving north on Hwy 5 going down the hill just before the turn-off to Tulip Valley, where the speed limit used to drop suddenly to 70, and where the constabulary were often positioned to hand out fines to the unsuspecting?

It was said at the time that it was like shooting fish in a barrel or that it was a cash cow for the coffers of the provincial government. That is all history now, but you can relive the experience by driving up the hill on the 366 towards the Hwy 5 bypass where the speed limit is inexplicably 50 and where the constabulary can be seen some mornings catching the unsuspecting.

Given the human being’s natural inclination to increase speed as one goes uphill, I have yet to see anyone driving within the posted speed limit. Judging by the number of various police cars (big ones little ones, marked ones, unmarked ones) present earlier this week, it seems to be a lucrative endeavour. There was a greater police presence than at the July 1 parade.

Given I am away from the village in the daytime I must have missed the evidence that this part of the highway was a dangerous area of frequent accidents. I would have thought that a more dangerous place was at the junction of Hwys 5 and 366 West where every morning cars coming from the Masham direction pull out in front of oncoming traffic as if they were dealing with a merge sign and not a stop sign.

I have only seen one police car there one time. In the early days of the by-pass, as a responsible citizen, I had even contacted the MRC police to flag this potential dangerous situation. The response given was that the Transportation Department had done a poor job of mapping out that intersection. Go figure! All this to say, drive safely and be careful out there so you can put your money to better use.

Yvon Lemire

Wakefield, Quebec