NEWS - Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review
Did you notice a new, higher speed limit on one of B.C.'s rural highways this week? Changes have been made in response to the review and 1,300 km of highways have been posted with higher speed limits because of it. Perhaps the most interesting of these changes is the testing of variable speed zones on the Trans-Canada, Coquihalla and Sea to Sky Highways.
The keep right except to pass portion of the review promises changes to the wording of the Motor Vehicle Act to better define the situation and allow police to effectively enforce this requirement. New signs and pavement markings will be used to remind drivers and hopefully increase voluntary compliance. A pilot project on Highway 4 will require vehicles to give way if more than five vehicles are following.
Wildlife collision mitigation will see an increase in warning signage at problem areas along with a pilot of a wildlife detection system on Highway 3 between Cranbrook and Sparwood.
Finally, the definition of winter tire will be clarified along with changes to studded tire and chain regulations, a change in dates where winter tires are required and promotion of the Shift into Winter campaign are promised.