BC Government reduces several speed limits

In an effort to reduce the number of collisions on BC’s highways, the Provincial Government is lowering the speed limits of 15 sections of highway.

"We know people want to get where they're going quickly. Our job is to help make sure they also get there safely," said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. "Since the former government raised speed limits in 2014, serious crashes have been on the rise. By rolling back speed limits slightly, our goal is to reduce accidents, keep roads open and protect the lives of British Columbians."

The initial increases in 2014 came after a review of 9,100 kilometers of highway across BC. It included four key components: speed limits, winter tires, slow-moving vehicles, and wildlife hazards.

Today, the following sections of highway have been reduced by 10-15 km/h.

* Highway 1: Cowichan Bay to Nanaimo - 90 km/h to 80 km/h

* Highway 1: Whatcom Road to Hope - 110 km/h to 100 km/h

* Highway 1: Boston Bar to Jackass Mountain - 100 km/h to 90 km/h

* Highway 1: Tobiano to Savona - 100 km/h to 90 km/h

* Highway 1: Chase to Sorrento - 100 km/h to 90 km/h

* Highway 3: Sunday Summit to Princeton - 90 km/h to 80 km/h

* Highway 7: Agassiz to Hope - 100 km/h to 90 km/h

* Highway 19: Parksville to Campbell River - 120 km/h to 110 km/h

* Highway 19: Bloedel to Sayward - 100 km/h to 90 km/h

* Highway 97A: Grindrod to Sicamous - 90 km/h to 80 km/h

* Highway 97C: Merritt to Aspen Grove - 110 km/h to 100 km/h

* Highway 97C: Aspen Grove to Peachland - 120 km/h to 110 km/h

* Highway 99: Horseshoe Bay to Squamish - 90 km/h to 80 km/h

* Highway 99: Squamish to Whistler - 100 km/h to 90 km/h

* Highway 99: Whistler to Pemberton - 90 km/h to 80 km/h

The Coquihalla will remain 120 km/h between Kamloops and Hope.

Reports show that, 46% of serious collisions on the Coquihalla were caused by distracted driving, and driving too fast.