Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

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.

NEWS - Street Racing Vehicles Forfeited

BC FlagThe 2008 Ferrari Scuderia and 2008 BMW M6 used in a near 200 km/h street race on the Mount Seymour access have been seized under the BC civil forfeiture rules and will be sold at auction. The proceeds will be divided up among the owners, drivers and the province.

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.

READING - IIHS Status Report, August 2010

IIHS LogoVolume 45, Number 8 of the IIHS Status Report is available for download in PDF format. This issue looks at how hot button issues often drive highway safety policy and may take away from initiatives that have greater potential to save lives. It also examines speed limiters on commercial vehicles from a point of view of fuel consumption as well as safety.

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 - 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?

CASE LAW - R v Ashir

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThe case of R v Ashir was heard in traffic court before Judicial Justice of the Peace H.W. Gordon in Victoria, B.C. The dispute involved a traffic ticket for speeding in a school zone and the determination of what was meant by "a regular school day." Justice Gordon also comments on what he sees as deficiencies in the wording of the section that would prevent the conviction of drivers traveling over 30 km/h in a school zone under certain conditions.

STUDY - Assessing Community Attitudes Toward Speed Limits

MUARC LogoThe Accident Research Centre at Monash University, Australia, has released a report that explores community attitudes towards current speed limits and examines some of the reasons for these attitudes.

Setting Credible Speed Limits

Speed SignWithout doubt, the laws that drivers fail to follow the most often must regard the speed limit. Everyone has a justification for doing so. They range from being in a hurry, which is selfish, to the limit is set too low which is either a reasonable observation or a result of failing to take all factors into consideration.

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