Police officers clash with demonstrators wearing yellow vests in Paris.
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“The yellow vest protests which have wreaked havoc in France started with the government lowering the national speed limits,” writes John AllenMike Farnworth and the NDP need to “proceed with caution” before converting red-light cameras to photo radar cash cows.The yellow vest protests which have wreaked havoc in France started with the government lowering the national speed limits and thus imposing fines on millions of motorists going about their daily business. French law requires every car to carry a yellow vest for every passenger and these only cost a couple of bucks each. So the motorists simply donned the government-mandated vests as their uniform and others who wanted to join the protest bought them cheap.Less-peaceful protesters destroyed thousands of the expensive photo radar boxes throughout France. So the imposition of photo-radar fines touched off a groundswell of pent-up anti-government feelings and created the firestorm that is still causing nationwide havoc.John Allen, Harrison Hot SpringsAmber lights are warning enoughMike Smyth discussed possible objections to Solicitor General Mike Farnworth’s reluctance to state a specific kilometre number over the posted speed limit that would trigger red-light cameras, for fear speeding drivers would recklessly brake and cause accidents trying to stay below the threshold.My question is: By the time these careless and reckless drivers reach the red light, have they not already had sufficient warning to slow down and stop from a warning amber light? And does this not also apply to any following drivers, who were also mentioned as possible rear-ending risks should the driver in front brake suddenly?Is this not the purpose of the amber light, or has the whole system turned upside down, as seems to be the case in the Lower Mainland?Perhaps if law enforcement, from the ministry to the judiciary and down began enforcing the meaning of the amber light, there would be less need to worry about the results of enforcing red lights.Christine Schattenkirk, New WestminsterWho pays to charge electric cars?I had an interesting conversation today with a German gentleman whose electric VW was connected to a charging station in a Walmart parking lot. I asked how long a charge took and he explained that about 30 minutes charging would be enough for about 50 kilometres — and it was free.I had heard that charging at a lot of stations is free and I’m wondering who picks up the tab for all this electricity, because my Hydro bill would indicate that there is quite a substantial cost involved.I hear that about 60 per cent of the electricity generated in the United States comes from burning fossil fuels, which would make my hybrid about as efficient as an electric car in the U.S.Peter Rose, DeltaGo after the dealersSo much of our news is taken up talking about the huge opioid crisis as so many people in Canada are overdosing and dying from their addiction.While we certainly need to do what we can to help these people, there is also another step our governments could take to help ease the problem. Put an army of homeless-looking police on the streets and start arresting the drug dealers en masse.Then we need to change the law so that anyone arrested for selling drugs will not be released pending trial. If convicted, there should be a minimum of 10 years in prison with no chance of parole, and anyone selling drugs with deadly fentanyl should be charged with attempted murder and have a minimum of 20 years behind bars with no parole.Yes, we would have to build more prisons, but maybe some of the homeless would like that type of a job.Tom Duncan, ChilliwackLetters to the editor should be sent to email@example.com. The editorial pages editor is Gordon Clark, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.CLICK HERE to report a typo.Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com.