Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

How Does Laser Speed Measurement Work?

ProLaserIIILidar has always been my favourite speed measuring device. I could target individual vehicles with accuracy and rapidly measure their speed, even on a busy highway. Radar could not do the job nearly as well as it could not be easily relied on for a specific vehicle's speed in a busy environment.

VIEWPOINT - My Day in Traffic Court

SoapboxI've recently attended a dispute hearing for a speeding in a municipality charge (146(1))

RESOURCE - How Speed Limits are Set in BC

Speed DemonSetting the speed limit on a highway in BC is a more complex process than most people realize. If you're curious, the Ministry of Tranportation and Infrastucture's blog explains about design, use and review with regard to speed limit setting and revision on our highways.

Radar and Laser Detectors

Radar DetectorI was asked what I thought about radar and laser detectors again today and why the government has not seen fit to outlaw them. It's an interesting question and definitely has as many answers as there are people to express an opinion. Let's take a look at it from the point of view of a mixed message delivered to drivers that may serve to promote a bad attitude.

RESEARCH - Safer speeds: an evaluation of public education materials

Speed DemonChoosing the speed to drive at on our highways is a highly controversial and individual decision. I would dare to say that the posted speed limit is only a guide for many drivers. For those drivers, the choice ranges from total disregard to the point that you decide what is 10 over from. Even some police managers that I have worked for over the years tended to downplay the involvement of speed in our collision problem. Personally, I remain convinced that those who consciously decide not to follow the rules are a part of the problem and civil disobedience has no place on our highways.

CASE LAW - R v Westgate

BC Courts Coat of ArmsThis case is an appeal of a conviction for excessive speeding. Gary Westgate was measured using a laser speed measuring device at 96 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone. At issue was a document concerning a device used to measure the output of the laser device itself. The certificate had expired in April of 2006. Mr. Justice Rogers found that the certificate had nothing to do with the accuracy of the laser device and dismissed the appeal.

Q&A - Impound Refund if Found Not Guilty?

Q&A ImageMy son was given a ticket for excess speed on Zero avenue. He received a cancelation notice and then was reserved by the same RCMP that staked out our house. If he beats the ticket in court, can he claim back the impound fees?

Q&A - Alternatives to a Speeding Ticket

Q&A ImageI am currently 14 months into the Novice Driver stage. I am concerned about having to restart my 24 Months if I get anymore points.

I was allegedly caught going 102 in a 70 zone but was charged with the lesser offense of 138 dollars which I have no problem paying / accepting, I am a first year Criminology student and I am intending on disputing the charges.

VIDEO - Reconstruction

video iconReconstruction is part of Australia's Wipe Off 5 anti-speeding campaign. It demonstrates how slowing down by 5 km/h can drastically reduce the consequences of a collision. In contrast, one might think about many driver's tendencies to say that 10 over isn't a problem because the police don't write speeding tickets for that little over the limit. The ticket might be the least of your problems if your speed is the cause of a collision.

Q&A - Failed Exam but no Sign for Playground Zone

Q&A ImageOur daughter failed her road test due to not reducing her speed to 30km as she drove past a playground.  No signs were present.  The examiner did acknowledge that she did obey the signed school zone.  when she questioned this, the examiner said that regardless of signs, she needed to be aware of her surroundings.  He failed her for speeding.

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