Maple Ridge highways are proving to be deadly.
And while the provincial Government tries to rectify the situation, a family has made a desperate plea for drivers to slow down.
Shireen Laing lost her 42 year old brother Emmanuel Hermanus on a dangerous stretch of Highway 7 in March.
She’s begging for drivers to take their foot off the gas.
“I implore all drivers to follow the speed limit. In 2015, Ridge Meadows RCMP charged an all-time high number of drivers with excessive speeding. Can you believe 322 drivers were charged for driving more than 40 kilometres over the speed limit. To me that is shocking.”
The province says median barriers will be installed on a 6.6 km stretch of Highway 7 in an effort to save lives .
Officials say upgrades will save lives
Maple Ridge-Mission MLA Marc Dalton says it will prevent head-on collisions and crossover crashes.
“Unfortunately there has been a number of fatalities even over the past year and a half. We put the median barrier between 240th and Kanaka Creek and that has saved lives, so we know that this barrier will save lives.”
Maple Ridge Mayor Nicole Read says she’s been lobbying the province for the safety improvements.
“We know that barriers save lives on this stretch of highway and our RCMP know that barriers save lives and now we are very happy to see the Ministry is going to save lives on this stretch of highway by adding those barriers.”
Dalton says this stretch of Highway 7 sees 25,000 trips every day .