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Letters: It’s time for sand to be re-introduced for safer roads

As a once trucker with over 3 million safe miles under my belt, it always amazes me that years ago the sand was used extensively and always helped
traffic in snow WEB credit Winter Driving Safety Alliance

Editor:

Concerning Tuesday’s (Nov. 29) snowstorm.
I have a great idea.
Why don’t we re-introduce sand to our provincial government as a tried and proven way to keep the roads open, reduce loss of life, reduce devastating and expensive auto accidents, and allows the roads to be travelled safer in a storm.
As a once trucker with over 3 million safe miles under my belt, it always amazes me that years ago the sand was used extensively and always helped. Nowadays they refuse to use sand and we continually have problems. Nothing helps traction more than sand does.
So why oh why do they refuse to use sand when people are dying? The interesting part is as soon as there’s a fatality, they always use sand on the road . Isn’t that a little too late?
It saddens me that a government will allow the carnage to happen negligently like this.
That ICBC will allow the multimillion of dollars in damage caused by this.
Perhaps a class action lawsuit or something similar might help.
Just my thoughts.
Please stay safe!
James Ponath

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