EDITORIAL: Local traffic swells in summer

Living in one of the most beautiful places to be in the summer, it’s no wonder so many people flock to the Okanagan

Living in one of the most beautiful places to be in the summer, it’s no wonder so many people flock to the Okanagan.

The abundance of sun and surf, not to mention the plethora of recreational opportunities, makes this a tourist town.

From the southern wine country up to the lakeside cities and on, each area has a unique draw.

Unfortunately, the cities aren’t always equipped with bypasses to direct motorists out of the busy downtown areas. Therefore bottle necks occur on a regular basis.

While it makes great business sense for tourists who can quickly pull off into a service station or shopping mall, it can create some significant challenges on the roads.

Those of us who live here year-round sometimes forget that the summer months are some of the hardest to get around town.

Like the winter, we should be giving ourselves a little extra time to get to and from places. Slow down and drive safe, because you won’t get there any faster if you get in an accident or get pulled over the RCMP.

But even more importantly, make sure you’re equipped with extra patience on the roads.

It may be frustrating fighting traffic on your daily commute, but keep in mind that all those visiting our beautiful area are also contributing to our local economy.

The long weekend may be over, but summer is still in full swing. And with the week’s forecast you can bet there will still be a swell of visitors in town, soaking up all we have to offer.

So keep your road rage in check, offer a kind wave or smile to the nice motorist who lets you in line and do unto others as you would want done unto you.

– Vernon Morning Star