OPINION - Point to Point Speed Cameras on the Malahat

CRD TSC LogoThe Capital Regional District Traffic Safety Commission is encouraging your participation, for or against, in it's campaign to increase safety on the Malahat highway. The provincial government has suggested that it will consider a trial of point to point speed cameras (also known as average speed over distance cameras) on the Malahat if the public expresses an interest. Your input is encouraged via e-mail to PSSG.Minister@gov.bc.ca until March 1, 2018.


How about... No

What does this address? Deaths? There have been 10 deaths on the Malahat between 2004-2013 from what I was able to find.
That's one death per year on average. They say "statistics" but lets be real honest here - the minimum sample size for any meaningful statistics is 30 per time frame. We only have 1. If let's say the next year there are 0 deaths - it would be reported as a "resounding success" with "100% fatality decrease" - yey!!!
Only they won't report a 200% increase when 2 people die the next year after.

This directly violates the right to face ones own accuser. It is a right that balances the most basic trade-off of a lawful society: What good is the law if it punishes someone for actions that haven't affected anyone.

Besides, mailing tickets to someone after the fact does not change the driver behaviour on the spot. And furthermore, they are mailing it to "registered owner" - the driver doesn't always get punished because its never certain that the owner is the driver - and therefore no points are issued.

How about we start actually ticketing people for getting into accidents? Maybe assign 4 points for an act of "at fault accident". ICBC routinely pays out claims to all these crashing drivers and assigns fault that it habitually defends in court as lawful judgements. Well then - why not assign the 100% at-fault party a $1,000 ticket and 4 points for causing a crash, how about that huh?

But noo, they want to cast a wide net that would affect 100% of the drivers, even-though only the 0.0001% actually caused crashes. Its a known statistical fact that drivers going 5%-10% over the speed limit crash the least.

Every single one of those intrinsically and historically safe drivers are going to be targeted and ticketed. These may never cause a single crash in their life - and the majority of drivers don't cause crashes - but they will certainly pay through the nose if they do not change their safe driving habits to the less safe variant.

This is prime b*llsh!t - point a finger at the 1 troublemaker and punish the 1,000,000 innocents. Anybody who is a regular citizen driver should be completely aghast about this, it does nothing to improve road-safety. It will bunch everyone into bumper-to-bumper trains and will create more minor crashes.

It is simply an automated tax, and an extremely dangerous precedent. For anyone who says "don't speed - don't pay the tax" - I say "get off the friggin highway and let the g-damned traffic through you ignorant slowpoke".

Think about it: this change affects 85% of the driving public. They will have to change their preferred driving strategy to an externally dictated artificial one.

If we allow this to go on they will use the flawed statistics to show that this technology is the "bees knees" of road safety and plop them everywhere. They will not be putting them en-mass where it matters, just like photo radar they will put it in places that would capture the most "customers" - nothing to do with safety - everything to do with number of drivers and number of "law breakers".

How about they spend the money and effort on a media/bus/electronic boards campaign informing people that "2 Mississippi's" will save us all - simply maintain 2 Mississippi's worth of distance, at any speed, and enjoy safer driving. 80% of people currently on the roads do not maintain safe distance. They don't know what it is. Some think it's 2-4 seconds, others think its 2 cars per 10km/h.

It's very simple really and works perfectly anywhere, at any distance on any road, in any vehicle: spot a notable landmark that the vehicle in-front of you just passed - like a speed limiting sign, or a crack in the pavement, or a cat-eye (anything really), and start counting once the vehicle passes it, then stop counting once your vehicle reaches it. If you couldn't count calm "one Mississippi, two Mississippi" - you are too close.

I find myself driving at "two Mi" most of the time and have to force myself to back-off. But most other drivers are driving at "one Missi" and that's what causes the crashes on our roads.

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