VIEWPOINT - Lobbying for Vision Zero
I am concerned about the increased speed limit on high way 19. Unfortunately , there have been 3 fatalities on this divided high way, within the Comox Valley, in the past month. Although I do not regularly drive high way 19, I have observed that too many drivers travel faster than the 120 KPH posted speed limit. Some do not slow down during heavy rains or reduced visibility , treating the posted speed as the minimum.
Many drivers treat speed limits as the minimum and those who drive the limit are often tailgated –this seem to be common practice on most roads. When high way speed limits are increased some drivers add 10 KPH or more and drive even faster. There is little visible enforcement of the speed limit.
As a concerned retired safety professional, I was pleased to find that the Ministry of Justice has a document for Road safety which lists zero fatalities and zero serious injuries as the goal. The Industry that I worked in, had the same goal and achieved it. From My experience It takes constant effort and resources to achieve zero fatal and serious injuries.
I noted in the Ministry document that the Province of Ontario has a much lower fatality rate than BC. Ontario has a maximum speed limit of 100 KPH and dedicated traffic division in their Provincial police force. From my perspective ,these are significant difference from the BC approach.
I have written to Justice Minister Anton on my observations. I was hoping that there are other advocates, such as DriveSmartBC. Would lobby the BC government to be more proactive on vehicle accident prevention.
Vehicle speed seem to be the major factor. There a numerous technologies that would slow down drivers but visible patrol cars are needed to deter distracted and impaired drivers.
I would be interested to hear your thoughts on meeting the goal of zero fatalities on BC roads