A resident of Souris is concerned about the speed of vehicles passing through his town.

Leonard Waldner calls it an accident waiting to happen and he is referring to Highway 2 that passes through Souris.

“I’m concerned about the big trucks rolling through here since the feed mill opened and the elevator. There’s everything coming through here including hogs to the Maple Leaf plant and vehicles carrying construction supplies. I’m worried about the children playing out front. Children can’t think for themselves and they depend on adults.”

Waldner, himself a trucker, says far too many big rigs are passing through town at a high rate of speed and wouldn’t be able to stop if they had to avoid an accident. He’s pushing Souris-Glenwood council to reduce the existing speed limit.

“Right now it’s 50 km/hr and I’d like it down to 40 and ideally down to 30 kilometers per hour.”

Mayor Darryl Jackson says council is aware of the situation but isn’t sure how it will move forward with Waldner’s request to have the speed limit lowered.

There are four crossing in Souris along Highway 2 and Waldner is worried children going to and from school could get hurt because of the increased traffic and the speed factor.

Waldner presented a petition to council asking for a speed reduction. He says he gathered 150 signatures in a very short period of time and he could have easily picked up three times as many because people are concerned about the speed along that stretch of road.

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