LETTERS: We shouldn’t pay for irresponsible drivers

I am trying to sort out what’s going with the government going on saying to us that there is going to be an insurance increase.

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I am trying to sort out what’s going with the government going on saying to us that there is going to be an insurance increase because of all the accidents in the Lower Mainland.

Here in Bella Coola the people are using good tires because we have to, to be able to go anywhere.

In these reports we are getting from Vancouver we never hear about winter tires being used.

I don’t want to have to pay for somebody in Vancouver that was negligent and did not put on winter tires because winter is only for two weeks down there.

This winter alone there are more than 6,000 cars in the body shop because of accidents.

That’s the disparity I see in what is happening.

They never mention on the news that you have to have winter tires.

It is mandatory here in my area. We have to go ahead and spend the money on two sets of tires or good all season tires, which is what I have.

We have to buy them and be responsible that way, yet we are going to have to pay for an increase on our insurance because of what is happening in the Lower Mainland right now.

Most of us are responsible. We have to be. I cannot drive the mountain road from here with bad tires, it just doesn’t work.

My main concern is that people in Vancouver should be responsible and even if they have to pay a few extra dollars they would be saving people’s lives.

I encourage people to start discussing this issue and talk to their MLAs to say we pay our share and should not be penalized for someone else who did not take responsibility.

Wayne Padgett

Bella Coola