NEWS - Speed Limit Increases Rolled Back
Transportation Minister Claire Trevena has announced the roll back of speed increases on 15 segments of highway that were raised in 2014. The new speed limits will be 10 km/h lower in the hope that the increase in crash rates seen after the previous change will return to what they were before.
I hate to sound cynical, but the Minister felt it necessary to attribute the problem to the previous government:
“Since the former government raised speed limits in 2014, serious crashes have been on the rise. By rolling back speed limits slightly, our goal is to reduce accidents, keep roads open and protect the lives of British Columbians.”
It's always someone else's fault, right?
In addition to the change in speed limits, the crash mitigation actions taken will also include the use of dynamic information signs and enforcement by the police.
The corrections are hardly precedent setting but we wouldn't want the next government to be accusing us of going overboard, would we?
Is it important that drivers follow the speed limits? If that is truly the case, ICBC could supplement police and camera enforcement with telematics as some insurance companies are already doing in BC. Follow the rules and you get a discount, drive as the mood suits you and pay more.
Telematics may be coming to ICBC in the near future, at least to keep you from using your cell phone while driving.
Ah, the spectre of big brother looking over your shoulder when you drive. We might not like it, but current insurance premiums might suggest that there needs to be an incentive to improve our driving skills. This might be it.