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Province conducting speed review

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

The provincial government has launched a two-month public consultation phase of a rural highway safety and speed review. Residents can have their say on highway safety and speed limits on rural highways in the province through the process.

Speed limits on longer stretches of rural highways between communities are being reviewed to ensure that appropriate speed limits are in place, encouraging safe driver behaviour. At the same time, the public will be asked to provide input about reducing the risk of wildlife-related crashes and improving the safe and efficient movement of slower vehicles.

“I’m sure most people have an opinion on speed limits and I encourage all British Columbians to make their voices heard,” said Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We’re interested in what you have to say about the speed limits and other safety concerns on the highways you drive.”

The review will also include public consultation on the use of winter tires in an effort to ensure that tire requirements address safety and reflect current technology.

Public input will form an important part of the rural highway safety and speed review and will be considered in conjunction with the technical review, which is already underway. Included for consideration in the technical review are new technology, highway design and similar initiatives in other jurisdictions.

Stone will host a Twitter town hall to have a discussion on speed limits and other issues affecting highway safety from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Interested readers can join the conversation and follow #BCSpeedReview on Twitter. See more details at

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