Speed

Information related to vehicle speed and speeding.

Q&A - My First Speeding Ticket

New Driver Signs 2011I got my first speeding ticket a couple of weeks ago while still on my N. When I first got my N, I was told that the earliest month that I would be able to take the Class 5 test was May or June of this year. However, how will this speeding ticket affect my insurance, driving record, and my right to take the Class 5 test as scheduled? (Other than a couple of parking tickets, my driving record is clean).

VIDEO - The Science Behind Low Level Speeding

video iconThis video from the Motor Accident Commission of South Australia explains clearly how the risk of a crash increases significantly with only a slight increase in speed. For me, the most interesting point is the idea that we tend to discount the risk because we disregard the speed limit frequently and nothing happens to us.

Q&A - Warning for Speeding on Record?

Q&A ImageI got a speeding warning by the police yesterday. He said my speed was over 60, but I am sure I was not driving over 60. I worry if the warning was put on the computer or not. If it is kept on record,it's not fair for me. I even don't have the chance to dispute for it. How can I know if it is on record or not?

Q&A - How accurate are speed reader boards?

Q&A Image I purchased a sidecar motorcycle this summer and my speedometer reads under the reader board reading by 5 k in a 50 k speed zone. How accurate are these reader boards and can I trust this to be consistent enough to alter my speed accordingly to maintain the actual speed limit?

RESOURCE - Point to Point Speed Enforcement

Speed DemonPoint to point speed enforcement involves monitoring motorist's average speeds over a highway segment and then prosecuting drivers whose average speed was too high for the posted speed limit over the segment. This is an automated enforcement method that uses automated number plate recognition and other technologies.

VIEWPOINT - The Cost of Following the Speed Limit

SoapboxI am 79 years old and I consider myself a very safe driver. I have driven hundreds of thousand of miles, from city bus in Edmonton, to semi trailer from Edmonton to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fort Mac. and Yellow Knife, and thousands of miles by private auto. I have never been the cause of an accident, and I have only gotten one (1) speeding ticket. That was not entirely my fault.

What Does It Cost to Slow Down in a School Zone?

School Crossing GuardIt's tough to write a fresh article on some traffic safety topics. Urging drivers to watch for children and slow down in school zones at the start of each school year is one example of this. Everyone should know this along with the fact that traffic police will be active in school zones issuing expensive tickets for those who don't slow to 30 on a regular school day.

Q&A - Disputing Speeding in a Playground Zone Ticket

Q&A ImageI received a Violation Ticket (Speed in Playground Zone) about a year ago and will be disputing it at some point... (I still have not received my court date)

CASE LAW - R v Soriano

BC Courts Coat of ArmsMr. Soriano was convicted of speeding and fined $138 on April 6, 2010. He subsequently appealed his conviction to the Supreme Court of BC claiming that the verdict was unreasonable because he was not exceeding the speed limit. There was a miscarriage of justice because his hearing was not fair.

Q&A - Minimum Speed Limit?

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Is there a minimum speed on municipal roads? For example, if a road has a designated speed limit of 50 km/h, is there an inferred or statuatory minimum speed for that road?

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