Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

Q&A - Being Paced by Police in Front of Me

Q&A ImageI was driving behind the RCMP Freeway Patrol officer, not realizing we were both driving the same speed (distance of my car and his car were constant) and also didn't realise he was a police officer as it was an unmarked vehicle. As soon as I realised he speeds up,  I continue at my speed and then he slows down to about 70KM/H and I slow down to 80KM/H and pass him on the left.

Q&A - Traffic Calming on Strata Properties

Q&A ImageI live in a Strata Complex in Coquitlam, road access to the homes is from a busy street.  Strata Complex roads are narrow and require drivers to drive <25k - the problem in the community is some drivers risky behaviour is a source of concern for many.  Safety measures have been investigated resulting in Speed bump installation, stop signs, etc.  What other choices are there for helping to educate the drivers w

Q&A - Let's Make a Deal for Excessive Speeding

Q&A ImageI was issued a speeding ticket a year ago for excessive speeding.  I was found travelling 125km/h in an 80km/h zone.  I disputed the ticket and last week was issued a court date.  I requested disclosure from the officer.  He stated as he is quite busy he would like to offer me 2 pleas.

1.  Plead guilty to regular speeding, pay $138 and receive 3 demerit points.

VIDEO - Mistakes

video iconMistakes is a campaign launched by the New Zealand Transport Agency that "encourages the audience to be conscious of other road users and to choose a safer speed that factors in the chance for human error." I fear that the current speed limit review here in British Columbia will be driven by "me" centered drivers who have little or no consideration for other road users. This campaign gives valid reasons to support careful consideration of other factors beyond better roads and better vehicles should result in higher speed limits.

Q&A - Excessive Speed on a Bridge

Q&A ImageI was stopped by a motorcycle officer over a 60kph bridge. I was going over the posted limit, and unaware of the "excessive speed" consequences. The officer claimed to have paced me and I was "pulling away from" him. I was asked initially how fast I thought I was going and ignorantly and mistakenly guessed "110".

How Does Laser Speed Measurement Work?

ProLaserIIILidar has always been my favourite speed measuring device. I could target individual vehicles with accuracy and rapidly measure their speed, even on a busy highway. Radar could not do the job nearly as well as it could not be easily relied on for a specific vehicle's speed in a busy environment.

Q&A - What's the Speed Limit When There Are No Signs?

Q&A ImageIs there a section under the highways laws that state in the absence of speed signage on a highway (ie a newly  constructed/upgraded section), a driver will use common sence to judge what a "safe" speed would be?

Q&A - Excessive Speeding

Q&A ImageIf I was driving @ 150 km/hr in a 110 zone is that considered excessive speed?  The definition I have found on line states that excessive speed is over 40 km/hr.  Was I ticketed correctly and if not do I have a claim for dismissal as I was charged with excessive speed and impounded?

VIEWPOINT - My Day in Traffic Court

SoapboxI've recently attended a dispute hearing for a speeding in a municipality charge (146(1))

RESOURCE - How Speed Limits are Set in BC

Speed DemonSetting the speed limit on a highway in BC is a more complex process than most people realize. If you're curious, the Ministry of Tranportation and Infrastucture's blog explains about design, use and review with regard to speed limit setting and revision on our highways.

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