Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

CASE LAW - R v Lukas

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this case Allen Lukas appeals his conviction for speeding based on the visual observation of his vehicle's speed made by Cst. Neid of the Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment.

PROGRAMS - 20's Plenty for Us

20's Plenty LogoThis web site supports a campaign for 20 mph speed limits in residential areas of Britain. The idea behind the movement is to bring pedestrians and cyclists back onto the streets, reduce injury if a collision occurs and showing that the reduction in speed costs motorists very little time.

Q&A - Showing Proof of Speed

Q&A ImageMy mom recently received a traffic ticket for speeding in school zone.

The officer verbally told her that she was driving at 45 km/h in the 30 zone. Later, my mom heard from her friend who also got a ticket that the officer who stopped her actually showed the speed sensor to her for how fast she was going at the time.

My questions are:

Q&A - Driving Too Fast for Conditions

Q&A ImageMy son was ticketed with driving too fast for conditions. The air and roads were dry. No 'conditions'. He was in an unfamiliar area at night and was in a roundabout which had a steep ditch on one side. As he was unfamiliar with the round about, he simply turned into the curb instead of following the curve of the road, and ended up over the curb and slightly down the embankment.

COMMUNITY ACTION - The Pace Car Program

Pace Car ProgramTired of speeding vehicles in your residential neighbourhood? Time to take action by becoming a Pace Car Community.

Pace Car Program participants pledge to follow the speed limit and in effect become a moving speed bump to prevent others from speeding. If there are enough participants traffic calming takes place and neighbourhood safety is promoted.

VIDEO - Staying in Mantrol

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Stay in Mantrol is an anti-speed campaign from the New Zealand Transport Agency. The following quote from their web site summarizes the campaign:

These lads are not boy racers. They're not driving deliberately recklessly – they've just grown comfortable with speed and they don't see any issue with going a little faster than others.

Excessive Speed

Radar TrapI would have thought that being faced with a fine of either $368 or $483 and 3 penalty points would make any driver hesitate to exceed the speed limit by more than 40 or more than 60 km/h. Even so, more than 10,000 drivers were fined in this manner last year in BC. Worse still, I know that this is only the start of the problem as these were just the drivers that were caught and issued the appropriate fine by police.

ROADSENSE TIPS - School Zones

ICBC LogoSchool's back, and that means 30 km/h school zones are also in effect. A car travelling at 50 km/h in ideal conditions takes 37 metres to stop. At 30 km/h, you can stop in less than half that distance. ICBC's tip features a crossing guard explaining why it's so important drivers slow down in school zones.

Q&A - Questions About Speed Measurement

Q&A ImageI was recently issued a speeding ticket with a fine amount of $138. I was driving westward on the left lane behind a pickup truck. I was looking for a street sign, so I slowed down and changed lanes to the right so that vehicles behind me could pass.

Immediately after I changed lanes, I saw an officer on my lane motioning to pull over.

Q&A - Publicising Speeding Enforcement

Q&A ImageWhy are radar locations are allowed to be broadcast on the radio road reports? I have seen, so many times, people drive slow where they know radar is, only to start speeding once they get past them. Isn't the idea of radar to catch the speeders?

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