I WOULD like to respond to the letter by Brad Capes, Ghastly detour, Canning Times, May 26.
As a former United Nations expert in chemical safety, I have been very concerned about the pollution from exhaust fumes and its effects, particularly on our children.
Over 10,000 school children at schools along Leach Highway, including Wilson Primary School, Shelley Primary School, Rossmoyne Senior High School and Melville Senior High School, are currently being exposed to high concentrations of carcinogens in diesel exhaust fumes.
With a high number of traffic lights, stop-start traffic uses more fuel and generates more greenhouse gases than free-flowing traffic.
Roe Highway has been designed to take care of the above problems.
There are no schools nearby, the residential houses are far away and the concrete walls push the carcinogens higher, away from the people, while diluting the carcinogen concentration.
Therefore, Roe Highway is an elegant and effective solution to protecting the health of the people, and protecting the environment, and the current Government deserves the highest praise for its efforts to complete Roe 8.
In spite of these clear, solid facts, there are small groups of people protesting against the completion of Roe Highway.
The stance of these so-called “environmentalists” is quite surprising.
On one hand, they pretend to support a cleaner environment; on the other hand they would like to preserve polluting stop-start traffic on Leach Highway instead of less polluting free-flowing traffic on Roe Highway.
The groups opposing the Roe Highway completion would like to sentence over 10,000 school children to continuous exposure to carcinogens, which in future would lead to increased mortality and increased incidence of respiratory problems.
DR MILOS NEDVED, Willetton.