Canadian Road Safety News Digest

Opinion: Speed limit increases prove deadly, should be reversed

July 27, 2016   |   Categories: Canadian Road Safety News Digest, News

Last Updated on August 10, 2016

Vancouver Sun (VANCOUVER, BC)

…In 2014, the B.C. Transportation Ministry hypothesized that higher speed limits might improve safety. On many highways, the higher speed cars (“85th percentile”) were travelling faster than the speed limit.

The ministry thought that by increasing speed limits on these highways, slower cars would speed up but the fastest ones would not, thus narrowing the speed differential between the slowest and fastest cars and reducing conflict. They expected safety to be improved. Speed limits were increased, typically by 10 km/h, on 33 segments of our rural highways.

We now have three sets of evidence testing this hypothesis…

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