Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

CASE LAW - R v Lambert

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case involves a speeding ticket dispute. Mr. Lambert was the second of two vehicles, the first measured in radar at 130 km/h and his at 126 km/h. Mr. Lambert raised a number of issues common to lay people making a dispute.

CASE LAW - R v Lambert

BC Courts Coat of ArmsIn this B.C. Supreme Court case Mr. Lambert is appealing his conviction on a traffic ticket for speeding at 126 km/h in a posted 90 km/h speed zone. He raised the following points in his appeal:

Q&A - Speed in a Municipality

Q&A ImageA friend of mine just received a speeding ticket and she has some questions about it. The description of offence says "speed signs", ACT is "MVA" and section is "146(7)". What does this mean? She says it is supposed to be a speeding ticket but she doesn't think the actual speed was recorded.

ICBC’s top 10 excuses for why people speed

ICBC LogoIf you’re caught speeding, you’ll want to throw away your bag of excuses. Police have heard it all and are warning drivers excuses won’t get you out of a ticket at any time. We asked police across the province to share drivers’ top excuses for speeding:

READING - Traffic Calming on Main Roads Through Rural Communities

Safe Roads for a Safe Future logo"Speed management is a significant challenge for most communities. This is particularly true for small, rural communities where the main roadway through the town serves a dual role.

READING - W.H.O. Speed Management Manual

WHO LogoSpeed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road traffic crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes. For instance, pedestrians have a 90% chance of survival if hit by a car traveling at a speed of 30km/h or below, but less than a 50% chance of surviving an impact of 45km/h or above.

RESOURCE - My Favorite Anti-Speeding Video

RTA LogoThis is my favorite anti-speeding video! It was an Australian television commercial produced for the Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales. I use it regularly to try to get people to think about why taking 10 km/h above the posted limit is not a good decision when things go wrong.

Speed Limits

70 km/h Speed SignA reader asks: "If the posted speed limits on our roadways are not just suggestions, why are they not enforced? If we are permitted to drive above the posted limit, how far above, and if so, how is anyone ever cited for speeding?"

Speed Zone Boundaries

Speed SignWhen approaching a speed limit change along the highway -- as indicated by appropriate signage -- am I expected to alter my speed once the sign becomes visible to me so that I have reached the new limit by the time I reach the sign, or do I maintain my speed and then increase or reduce it only after I have reached the sign?

Slow Driving

Slow DriverHave you ever touched on the subject of drivers doing 5 to 15km below the posted speed limit? It's extremely annoying. The passing lanes are usually not available due to Murphy's Law, and the 4 lane stretches are great when you find one, but never when you need them!

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