Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

CASE LAW - R v McMullen

BC Courts Coat of ArmsBrendan McMullen was convicted of speeding against a municipal sign in Burnaby, B.C. on January 22, 2014. His vehicle's speed had been visually estimated at 90 km/h in the posted 60 km/h zone on the Lougheed Highway near the North Road intersection. The Judicial Justice of the Peace found Cst. Bayer's evidence of the speed to prove the Crown's case beyond a reasonable doubt.

The Keep Right Attitude

SoapboxThe left lane is so popular lately that when I use the right lane I often find myself behind far fewer vehicles at the next red traffic light. In fact, at one particular intersection on my commute many times I can be first in line. Everyone else seems stuck in the left lane trying to get ahead, fuming, following too closely, making sudden lane changes and often all for the desire to exceed the speed limit and to be faster than everyone else.

Q&A - How Can I Gather Speed Data?

Q&A ImageI live on rural road in northern BC. The road has a speed limit of 80 kph. It is paved (seal coated), forested, winding with steep gradients, has steep drop-offs, has no lane markings, no pedestrian walkways, has lots of deer, elk, moose and bear crossing and has many hidden residential entrances.

CASE LAW - R v Kaiser

BC Courts Coat of ArmsRichard Kaiser was ticketed for failing to slow while passing a police car while that car’s emergency lights were activated. He disputed that ticket on two grounds, the regulation offended the Charter by being too vague and that the officer was merely making notes concerning a previous violator at the time and so had entrapped Mr. Kaiser. Judge Takahashi convicted Mr. Kaiser.

Q&A - Police Discretion on Excessive Speeding

Q&A ImageFriends of my parents were returning from Vancouver to Kelowna this past weekend and were pulled over for doing 44 km over the speed limit.  It was a family of 4 returning from a hockey tourney.  The officer said i could give you an excessive speeding ticket and have your car impounded to which the driver repiled i didn't realize the speed was that low here....it was an area 20 to 30 min from Merritt heading to ke

Q&A - Evidence of Radar Calibration

Q&A ImageThe police officer used a radar gun and, according to him, there are no service or calibration records on the radar gun. This is a real, live issue for my trial.  If the radar gun does not have service records, then how do we know that it is functioning correctly?

Answer: we don’t. So, that brings us to the next issue: is that going to matter for my trial?

Q&A - Speeding Relative To Conditions

Q&A ImageIn mid July I was driving on a rural back road on Vancouver Island, heading into town to do a few personal errands. The vehicle I was driving was a 2008 Toyota Sienna van. On this particular day it was my second time driving the van, and I was still not used to the amount of steering input that was required to turn it, as I had been driving a Civic since I got my Learners License. 

VIDEO - Muck Up Day

video iconThis video is a TAC Victoria school resource and runs for 33:26. Muck up Day focuses on a learner driver who crashed at high speed after drinking at a party to celebrate the last day of Year 12 classes. One friend was killed, another seriously injured and the driver jailed for culpable driving.

READING - Road Speed: Health Impact and Counteractive Measures

This publication from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec examines the health impact when drivers fail to follow the speed limit. It also reviews counteractive measures and identifies the need to redefine a  comprehensive strategy aimed at reducing speed on Québec roads. With British Columbia reviewing speed limits this may be timely reading material.

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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.

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