Transportation Minister Responds to Road Safety Report
Prince George, B.C.- Transportation Minister Todd Stone has responded to the Provincial Health Officer’s report on road Safety in B.C.
The report ( accessible here) notes that while fatalities on B.C.’s highway have decreased, there is still much work to be done to further reduce B.C.’s motor vehicle crash death rate ( see previous story).
Minister Stone notes the investments the Province has made in making roadways safer through maintenance and upgrades and stricter penalties for drinking and driving “While traffic fatalities and serious injuries have been dropping, we know there is always more we can do.”
He says the Province plans to introduce stiffer penalties for distracted driving within the next few weeks but offers no specifics on some of the other recommendations such as reducing the default speed limit in urban areas to 30 km/hr from the current 50 km/hr. Instead, Minister Stone says the Government will continue to work with its road safety partners “to address all aspects of the problem, including a focus on safe road users, safe vehicles, safe roadways and safe speeds.”
Minister Stone says the Province’s road safety improvement program includes:
- safety improvements to crosswalks, signals, and intersections,
- new lane-marking technologies,
- a guardrail program.
- digital variable speed signs and
- new, flashing wildlife warning signs.
“We will continue to work with our partners throughout the province to make our highways and roads as safe as possible” says Minister Stone.