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Is it Time to Increase Speed Limits in BC?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Summer Holidays are around the corner.

So in a few weeks  you can expect British Columbians to start hitting our highways. Camping, site seeing, going to see Grandma.

And what happens when people in our fair province take to the road?

Speeding tickets get issued in large numbers.

Chris Klimek is the founder of Stop100.ca, an Ontario based advocacy group. Klimek's thoughts regarding speed limits are very clear:

" They set the limit low, so everyone speeds... The whole thing is a cash grab." ( Globe and Mail May 22/14 ).

As far as physics is concerned, its pretty hard to argue agains the old adage "speed kills".  Really, the faster you go the bigger the crash.

But is it really that simple?

 Peter Cheney's May 22/14 article published in the Globe and Mail indicates:

" According to the World Health Organization, for example, it's safer to drive in Germany, home of the fastest highways in the world, than it is in Canada: WHO data shows that Germany's death rate is 6.9 per 100,000 cars. Canada's rate is 13."

Which raises an interesting question. In "the real world"" -  does setting an artificially low speed limit make our highways more dangerous by causing frustration on the part of faster drivers?

Unfortunately, the issue of speed limits isn't as simple as appears at first blush..

But if one life can be saved by ensuring that BC's speed limits are carefully designated to maximize the safety of people on our roads it'll be worth it.


Jeff Witten

McComb Witten Personal Injury Lawyers

Category: Car Accidents

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