Proceed with caution on lower speed limits
involved alcohol. are residential neighbourhoods prone to wandering drunks?
When it comes to age, the stats are interesting, too. in Calgary, playground zones are limited to 30 km/h. that must be working to some degree since in all of alberta, only four children under the age of 15 were involved in a fatal pedestrian collision in 2016.
the age group with the highest casualty rate was 15 to 19. maybe the 30 km/h rate works. maybe it’s teenagers not looking twice before crossing the street.
then we come to enforcement. Without it, rules are just window dressing.
let’s take those playground zones. many in Calgary say while they’ve driven through those areas, they’ve been passed illegally by some idiot speeding above the 30 km/h limit. Clearly, there is not enough enforcement and punishment for transgressors.
Finally, we need to hear from the traffic section of police departments, the officers on the front lines, before decisions are made. do they think there’s a problem and can they enforce a new rule?
obviously, we all want zero fatalities for all road users, but society has accepted there’s a risk to our automobile culture. should we keep working to lower the casualty figures? absolutely. but let’s make sure it’s effective and not merely annoying.