Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

READING - Recidivist Speeding Offender Intervention

Speed DemonQuoted from the document introduction:

Because even low end speeding increases the collective risk to road users there has been
substantial investment in preventing such behaviour. Currently in Australia and New Zealand there
is a heavy reliance on enforcement initiatives, backed up by mass media campaigns like the RTA’s
Speeding: No one thinks big of you campaign and the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC)

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.

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.

Hydroplaning Season

Wet WeatherOne of the great things about writing this column is that there is no end of inspiration when I travel on our highways. Today was no different with the first rains of autumn falling and few, if any, drivers around me making any changes in their travel speeds. Welcome to the start of hydroplaning season!

Speed Limits

Speed Sign

A 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!

No More Speed Traps

Radar TrapDepending on which side of the fence you are on, this pronouncement from Inspector Norm Gaumont who is the head of Traffic Services for the RCMP in British Columbia has certainly caused comment. Of all the sections in the Motor Vehicle Act, those that set the speed limit are certainly held in the most contempt by the drivers I see during my patrols.

Hydroplaning

HydroplaningWelcome to wet road season in British Columbia! Some areas are blessed with this situation more often than others, but drivers need to be aware of the perils of wet highways. The lives of you and your passengers depend on it.

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