One of several warning signs along 16 Avenue. File photo

Langley RCMP going after bad drivers on 16 Avenue

Running red lights is so common, some drivers are hesitant to enter intersections on green

Because some big trucks using 16 Avenue in Langley are running red lights and other drivers are pulling into oncoming traffic to get around slower vehicles, some motorists are delaying entering intersections on green to avoid possible collisions.

That’s according to Langley RCMP traffic services, which said officers will be spending “a considerable amount of time in the near future” going after bad drivers on 16 Avenue.

Police said the impending crackdown is in response to a spate of complaints about potentially dangerous driving habits on the busy connector route that runs through Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey.

That includes private vehicles using the left turn lane at an intersection to pass a commercial vehicle which often results in the overtaking vehicle ending up in the oncoming lane.

Commercial vehicles are entering red light intersections and in some cases blowing their horn as a warning as they pass through.

It is so common, some residents in the area have taken to stopping at green lights to make sure no trucks are going through the red in front of them, something that also poses a safety risk, said RCMP Cpl. Holly Largy.

“Bad behaviour breeds bad behaviour,” Largy said.

“It’s obviously a concern.”

Largy said some motorists are also driving too fast for road conditions.

READ MORE: Traffic lights going up on accident-prone 16 Avenue in Langley

Violation tickets for such offences range from $167 to $368 or even a court appearance and as many as six points on a driver’s license, Largy said.

Insurance premiums for driver penalty points range from $210 for four points to $28,800 for 50 or more points.

Drivers can review the penalty point premium chart on ICBC’s website.

Roughly 134 accidents occurring on the 16th Avenue corridor every year.

In 2016, Langley Township installed 33 new bright yellow signs along 16 Avenue, including “School Bus Ahead” and “Farm Vehicle” signs, along with nine “Speed Kills” signs, that were placed in close proximity to speed limit postings.

A study of 16 Avenue by Surrey, Langley Township and Abbotsford, along with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, ICBC and TransLink declared the 16 Avenue corridor “has a history of safety and traffic operation issues.”

It also noted the route was running 13 to 16 per cent truck traffic, compared to the “average arterial” which carries five to 10 per cent trucks.

Just Posted

How much does your city spend per person on snow removal?

Black Press Media compares 2018 ice and snow removal budgets of various Lower Mainland communities

Stock trading allegations dismissed against former Langley spiritual leader

Investors allegedly lost $740,000 investing through a local religious organization.

Langley photographer captures otters amid the ice

While photographing winter on the river, a local photographer was there when otters caught a fish.

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Young curlers compete in Langley

Optimist Junior Curling Division features U18 players

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

Abbotsford man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

New trial ordered over banning whales, dolphins at Vancouver aquarium

Park board’s appeal reverses previous decision that found it had no right to implement a ban

Most Read