A Sooke resident is putting pressure on the District of Sooke for a “No passing on right” sign on Sooke Highway at Manzer. The sign would be on the Victoria side of Manzer, facing the drivers who are heading toward Sooke.
Why? Because that particular stretch of road has seen more than its share of accidents. The most recent one (reported on Sooke PocketNews) occurred on June 18.
“There have been about a dozen [accidents] in the last couple of years,” estimates Manzer Rd resident Linda Gordon.
“The problem boils down to cars passing on the right of a vehicle turning left,” she observes. “With a string of cars, the first one or two will pass, and the next one is going so fast they rear-end the turning car.”
In the long term, Linda would like to see a separate turning lane, like the one at Gillespie. “But immediately, a sign would help,” she says. “Something needs to be done, now.”
Linda wants to prevent future crashes at this particular intersection.
2 car crash on #sooke rd at Manzer rd alternating single lane traffic 1:00 pm
— Steven Sorensen (@FireChiefSooke) June 18, 2016
“It’s bad to hear the squeal of tires and wait for the crunch,” Gordon notes, adding that there’s about one collision a month, and the squealing of tires is heard “almost one a day.”
To that end, she has already written to Highways, Transportation, ICBC and the District of Sooke.
“I would feel neglectful if I did not try to do something about this,” she concludes.
She is now looking people who support the initiative of the sign, to strengthen her application. You can indicate your support of her request, or you can impart your wisdom, in the comments below.