Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

CASE LAW - R v Chamberlain

BC Courts Coat of ArmsColt Chamberlain was convicted in traffic court for driving at 145 km/h in a posted 90 km/h zone on highway 19 in Delta. He appealed the conviction based on the failure of the Crown to prove that the speed sign in place on the highway that day was posted by the minister responsible for the administration of the Transportation Act and that the sign applied to his lane of travel.

CASE LAW - R v Duplisse

BC Courts Coat of ArmsJeremy Duplissie was riding his motorcycle in the 10,300 block of 272 Street in Maple Ridge. This road has a posted speed limit of 50 km/h. The speed chosen by Mr. Duplissie was measured at just over 100 km/h by Corporal Martin. A ticket for excessive speeding was issued and subsequently disputed.

RESEARCH - Raising Rural Speeds Also Raised Collision Numbers

120 kmh speed signSome sections of rural highways in British Columbia saw an increase in the posted speed limit in 2014 following a provincial government review which included a poll of the population. Within two years some of these increases were rolled back due to rising collision rates. Today a research report released by academics from the University of British Columbia evaluates the effect that the initial speed increases have had since they were implemented.

OPINION - Does Speeding Actually Cause Crashes?

Speed Demon Many drivers believe speeding alone does not actually cause crashes. While not totally inaccurate, this over-simplified phrase does not paint the whole picture. The fact is, very few crashes are caused by one factor alone, and this includes speeding, but downplaying the impact of speeding can prove to be deadly.

SURVEY - Automated Speed Enforcement in BC

SurveyIn a survey dated August 13, 2018 conducted by ResearchCo asked "Do you approve or disapprove of using the following kinds of speed enforcement in British Columbia?"

RESEARCH - Effectiveness of Children at Play Signs

Slow Children at Play SignThe Wisconsin Department of Transportation commissioned a report to update it's policies regarding roadside warning signs related to children. From the report summary:

CBC RADIO - The Speed Factor

CBC LogoCBC's On the Coast radio program is looking at The Speed Factor this week. The theme of the series is to look at the impact speed has on collisions and why we are not doing more to convince the public that inappropriate speed is an unnecessary risk.

Q&A - Safe Winter Driving Speed

Q&A ImageIn the winter, how do police determine what is a "safe" speed?

VIDEO - Speed Talk

video iconThis is a video produced by the Belgian Federal Highway Police in collaboration with the Parents of Child Highway Victims. It is in French with English sub-titles. It features conversations between drivers caught speeding and the parents of children who died in collisions. Both are seated in the rear of a vehicle immediately after the driver had been stopped by police.

CASE LAW - R v Scherbey

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn the case of R v Griffith we find ourselves in the Supreme Court at an appeal of a conviction for speeding. Edward Scherbey was driving out of a 30 km/h school zone travelling at 54 km/h. Constable Sabulsky made both a visual estimate of his vehicle's speed and measured it with a Stalker Dual DSR radar device before issuing the speeding ticket. At the conclusion of the trial in Provincial Court, a conviction was entered.

Mr. Scherbey had requested a copy of the radar manual as part of Crown's disclosure. This was refused as the manual is copyrighted material and Mr. Scherbey had been directed to the manufacturer to obtain the manual.

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