Would Lower Speed Limits Make Driving Safer?

We featured a post on Sept. 27, 2013 about the myth of ‘Speed Kills’.  We are pleased to introduce another rational voice in the speed limit debate.  In the following podcast, a segment of the CBC radio program The 180, Chris Thompson of the British Columbia organization S.E.N.S.E. – Safety by Education, Not Speed Enforcement, is 100% correct in his assessment.


We could not have summarized it better and hope that any individual or group entertaining lower speed limits listens to this podcast to grasp why we need speed limits posted that reflect MAXIMUM safe speed a driver can do under ideal conditions on a particular section of the road.  And why speed limits need to be marked at realistic levels to reflect normal travel.  (In Ontario most speed limits should be raised by 10 – 20 km/h.  Of course drivers need to be educated that they should drive at lower speed in inclement weather, night-time and congested traffic scenarios.)

And then, given that we have realistic speed limits, we can empower police to enforce them by nabbing violators with the means they use now and with more modern controversial tools such as GPS tracking & photo radar.   Few will object to enforcement of speed limits that are sensible and the vast majority do not exceed.

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