Living as he did at Enderby-Grindrod Road, the newly elected Olandagan Regional Area North. Director Denis Delisle often hears sirens of ambulances and first aid on the 97 A motorway.
Delisle was pleased with Tuesday's announcement that the 97A motorway between Grindrod and Sicamous would limit the speed limit from 90 km / h to 80 km / h. The road is one of 15 sections of B.C. Motorways – the only one in the North of Okanagan – have speed limits lowered to make people safer and reduce the speed risks.
"It's a really good idea," said Delisle, who said he often heard sirens, but especially in the summer. "There are many accidents in this episode, speed is definitely a factor, it's a small, narrow road in very crowded places."
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has analyzed three-year data on 33 sections and 1300 kilometers of motorways, where speed limits have been increased as part of the 2014 rural safety and speed review.
As a result, 15 sections of the motorway, with a total length of 570 kilometers, will have speed limits withdrawn by 10 km / h. Along with two corridors, which were reduced in 2016, this represents 660 kilometers from B.C. Highways where speed limits are being phased out. The remaining routes did not show a higher number of accidents, and the speed limits will remain the same, including Coquihalla, in which variable speed limits operate.
"It's okay to reduce speed, but forcing further action is necessary," said Delisle. "The police must be on this road."
Said Cpl. Mike Halskov, media officer at B.C. RCMP traffic services: "We will continue to do what we have always done, enforce speed limits, regardless of what it is. Nothing changes for highway officers. I encourage drivers to comply with speed limits regardless of where they travel In the event of a collision, lower speeds reduce the risk of serious injury or death. "
Health inspector, Dr. Bonnie Henry, said speeding is one of the three main factors contributing to car accidents, especially in rural areas and remote from B.C.
"Studies have shown that speed reduction reduces the number of accidents and the severity of injuries, so I very much support the announced speed limits," said Henry. "I am looking forward to the security measures that will be implemented in the B.C. roads and will continue to work with the Steering Committee for the Road Safety Strategy to support initiatives that will help keep all road users at the B.C. healthy and safe."
The ministry's employees took into account all factors contributing to the serious collision of motorways. This includes speed, dispersed driving, wild nature, changing weather and people who drive too fast in conditions.
"The BC Trucking Association strongly supports the decision of the government to withdraw speed limits on selected segments of highways," said Dave Earle, president and CEO of the association. "The stopping route for heavy commercial vehicles increases at higher speeds, as does the impact force, so security measures are important to help reduce the risks for commercial and personal drivers." In addition to safety, lower speeds mean more fuel savings and lower greenhouse gas emissions, so it's worth it note the desired side effect. "
Based on a recently completed review of three years of data, speed limits are restored by 10 km / h in the following 15 motorway corridors, which recorded an increase in the number of collisions:
* Autostrada 1: Cowichan Bay to Nanaimo – 90 km / h to 80 km / h;
* Autostrada 1: Whatcom Road to Hope – 110 km / h to 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 1: Boston Bar to Jackass Mountain – 100 km / h to 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 1: Tobiano to Savona – from 100 km / h to 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 1: Chase to Sorrento – 100 km / h to 90 km / h;
* Autostrada nr 3: Sunday peak to Princeton – 90 km / h to 80 km / h;
* Autostrada 7: Agassiz to Hope – 100 km / h to 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 19: Parksville to Campbell River – 120 km / h to 110 km / h;
* Autostrada 19: Bloedel to Sayward – 100 km / h to 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 97A: Grindrod do Sicamous – 90 km / h to 80 km / h;
* Autostrada 97C: Merritt to Aspen Grove – 110 km / h to 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 97C: Aspen Grove to Peachland – 120 km / h to 110 km / h;
* Autostrada 99: Horseshoe Bay to Squamish – 90 km / h to 80 km / h;
* Autostrada 99: Squamish to Whistler – 100 km / h to 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 99: Whistler to Pemberton – 90 km / h to 80 km / h;
The following 16 corridors have not shown a reduction in safety and the speed limits will remain the same:
* Autostrada 1: Salmon Arm to Revelstoke – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 1: Revelstoke do Golden – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 3: Nadzieja na Coquihalla – 110 km / h;
* Autostrada 3: Sunshine Valley to Manning Park East Boundary – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 5: Nadzieja na Kamloops – 120 km / h;
* Highway 5: Heffley to Little Fort – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 6: New Denver do Hills – 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 6: Summit Lake to Nakusp – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 19: River Campbell to Bloedel – 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 19: Port McNeill to Port Hardy – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 33: Droga McCulloch to Czarna Góra – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 33: Rock Creek to Westbridge – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 97: Cache Creek to 100 Mile House – 110 km / h;
* Autostrada 97: Swan Lake to Monte Creek – 90 km / h;
* Autostrada 97A: Armstrong to Enderby – 100 km / h;
* Autostrada 99: Lillooet to Cache Creek – 100 km / h.