Reduced Default Speed Limit No Hit with 250 Readers
Prince George, B.C.- The newly released report on road safety in B.C. made several suggestions to government to help reduce the number of fatal crashes in the Province and one recommendations is not gaining any traction with 250News readers.
One of the 28 recommendations contained in “Where the Rubber Meets the Road” was that the default speed limit in urban areas be reduced to 30 km/h, down from the current 50 km/h. According to the report, survivor rates are higher among pedestrians or cyclists struck by a vehicle travelling 30km/h.
In a non- scientific online survey, 250News asked if you supported the reduction in speed. The survey offered four responses and results show readers do not support the speed reduction, rather, they would like the current speed limit enforced. Here are the final results ( note, percentages add up to 101% because of ’rounding’)
Only 11% (120) said they would like the default speed reduced to 30 km/h
42% (466) said the speed should not be reduced
44% (482) said the current default speed limit of 50 km/h should be enforced
4% (39) said the limit should be reduced but not by that much.
The Province has indicated reducing the default limit could only be done following much consultation with communities.