Prov­ince rolls back speed lim­its on 570 km of high­way

Asian Journal - - BRITISH COLUMBIA -

Vic­to­ria: The British Columbia gov­ern­ment is low­er­ing speed lim­its on 15 sec­tions of high­way in the prov­ince to keep peo­ple safer and re­duce the chance of speed-re­lated col­li­sions.

“We know peo­ple want to get where they’re go­ing quickly. Our job is to help make sure they also get there safely,” said Claire Trevena, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture. “Since the for­mer gov­ern­ment raised speed lim­its in 2014, se­ri­ous crashes have been on the rise. By rolling back speed lim­its slightly, our goal is to re­duce ac­ci­dents, keep roads open and pro­tect the lives of British Columbians.”

The Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture has thor­oughly re­viewed three years’ worth of data on 33 seg­ments and 1,300 kilo­me­tres of high­way, where speed lim­its were in­creased as part of the 2014 Ru­ral Safety and Speed Re­view.

As a re­sult, 15 sec­tions of high­way, to­talling 570 kilo­me­tres, will have speed lim­its rolled back by 10 km/h. Along with the two cor­ri­dors that were low­ered in 2016, this rep­re­sents 660 kilo­me­tres of B.C. high­ways where speed lim­its are be­ing rolled back. The re­main­ing routes did not show higher ac­ci­dent rates and the speed lim­its will re­main the same, in­clud­ing the Co­qui­halla where vari­able speed lim­its are in op­er­a­tion.

“Speed­ing has been one of the top three fac­tors con­tribut­ing to car crashes, es­pe­cially in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas of B.C.” said Dr. Bon­nie Henry, pro­vin­cial health of­fi­cer. “Re­search has shown that re­duc­ing speed low­ers the num­ber of crashes and sever­ity of in­juries, so I am very sup­port­ive of the speed limit re­duc­tions an­nounced to­day. I look for­ward to the safety mea­sures that will be im­ple­mented on B.C. roads, and will con­tinue to work with the Road Safety Strat­egy Steer­ing Com­mit­tee to ad­vo­cate for ini­tia­tives that will help keep all road users in B.C. healthy and safe.” Min­istry staff con­sid­ered all con­tribut­ing fac­tors in se­ri­ous high­way col­li­sions. This in­cludes speed, dis­tracted driv­ing, wildlife, chang­ing weather and peo­ple driv­ing too fast for con­di­tions.

“The BC Truck­ing As­so­ci­a­tion is very sup­port­ive of the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to roll back speed lim­its on se­lected high­way seg­ments,” said Dave Earle, pres­i­dent and CEO of the as­so­ci­a­tion. “The stop­ping dis­tance for heavy com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles in­creases at higher speeds, as does the force of im­pact, so safety mea­sures that help re­duce th­ese risks for both com­mer­cial and pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cle driv­ers are im­por­tant. As well as safety, lower speeds mean greater fuel ef­fi­ciency and fewer green­house gas emis­sions, a wel­come side ef­fect worth not­ing.” On all cor­ri­dors where col­li­sions in­creased, the RCMP will be boost­ing its en­force­ment to make sure peo­ple are re­spect­ing posted speed lim­its and driv­ing safely.

Claire Trevena

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