Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

Q&A - How Can I Gather Speed Data?

Q&A ImageI live on rural road in northern BC. The road has a speed limit of 80 kph. It is paved (seal coated), forested, winding with steep gradients, has steep drop-offs, has no lane markings, no pedestrian walkways, has lots of deer, elk, moose and bear crossing and has many hidden residential entrances.

CASE LAW - R v Kaiser

BC Courts Coat of ArmsRichard Kaiser was ticketed for failing to slow while passing a police car while that car’s emergency lights were activated. He disputed that ticket on two grounds, the regulation offended the Charter by being too vague and that the officer was merely making notes concerning a previous violator at the time and so had entrapped Mr. Kaiser. Judge Takahashi convicted Mr. Kaiser.

Q&A - Police Discretion on Excessive Speeding

Q&A ImageFriends of my parents were returning from Vancouver to Kelowna this past weekend and were pulled over for doing 44 km over the speed limit.  It was a family of 4 returning from a hockey tourney.  The officer said i could give you an excessive speeding ticket and have your car impounded to which the driver repiled i didn't realize the speed was that low here....it was an area 20 to 30 min from Merritt heading to ke

Q&A - Evidence of Radar Calibration

Q&A ImageThe police officer used a radar gun and, according to him, there are no service or calibration records on the radar gun. This is a real, live issue for my trial.  If the radar gun does not have service records, then how do we know that it is functioning correctly?

Answer: we don’t. So, that brings us to the next issue: is that going to matter for my trial?

VIDEO - Muck Up Day

video iconThis video is a TAC Victoria school resource and runs for 33:26. Muck up Day focuses on a learner driver who crashed at high speed after drinking at a party to celebrate the last day of Year 12 classes. One friend was killed, another seriously injured and the driver jailed for culpable driving.

READING - Road Speed: Health Impact and Counteractive Measures

This publication from the Institut national de santé publique du Québec examines the health impact when drivers fail to follow the speed limit. It also reviews counteractive measures and identifies the need to redefine a  comprehensive strategy aimed at reducing speed on Québec roads. With British Columbia reviewing speed limits this may be timely reading material.

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Q&A - Traffic Calming on Strata Properties

Q&A ImageI live in a Strata Complex in Coquitlam, road access to the homes is from a busy street.  Strata Complex roads are narrow and require drivers to drive <25k - the problem in the community is some drivers risky behaviour is a source of concern for many.  Safety measures have been investigated resulting in Speed bump installation, stop signs, etc.  What other choices are there for helping to educate the drivers w

Q&A - Let's Make a Deal for Excessive Speeding

Q&A ImageI was issued a speeding ticket a year ago for excessive speeding.  I was found travelling 125km/h in an 80km/h zone.  I disputed the ticket and last week was issued a court date.  I requested disclosure from the officer.  He stated as he is quite busy he would like to offer me 2 pleas.

1.  Plead guilty to regular speeding, pay $138 and receive 3 demerit points.

VIDEO - Mistakes

video iconMistakes is a campaign launched by the New Zealand Transport Agency that "encourages the audience to be conscious of other road users and to choose a safer speed that factors in the chance for human error." I fear that the current speed limit review here in British Columbia will be driven by "me" centered drivers who have little or no consideration for other road users. This campaign gives valid reasons to support careful consideration of other factors beyond better roads and better vehicles should result in higher speed limits.

Q&A - Excessive Speed on a Bridge

Q&A ImageI was stopped by a motorcycle officer over a 60kph bridge. I was going over the posted limit, and unaware of the "excessive speed" consequences. The officer claimed to have paced me and I was "pulling away from" him. I was asked initially how fast I thought I was going and ignorantly and mistakenly guessed "110".

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