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Highway crash rates mostly unchanged following speed limit increases

The Ministry of Transportation believes speed isn’t the reason behind most major crashes on Provincial Highways.

In 2014, the Province increased the speed limit on 33 sections of BC Highways. Recently released data shows nineteen of these stretches saw either unchanged or dropped crash rates.

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Transportation Minister Todd Stone says the crashes on the remaining fourteen stretches were from things like distracted driving, weather, and alcohol.

“We will be continuing to analyze what’s happening on each of the segments that have seen changes in speed as well as continuing to be vigilant with all of the other segments of highway around the Province that did not see increases in speed,” he says.
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Some added safety features include more road markings, better signage, and new rumble strips.

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Overall numbers from the past year show a 9% rise in serious crashes on BC highways.

No stretch of any highway north of 100 Mile House had it’s speed change. Just two stretches of road will have their original speed limits restored due to an increase in crashes, one being Highway 1 from Hope to Cache Creek which will return to 90 km/h.

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