Advance View: Outta my way, slowpoke

Is the tailgater behind you causing you undue stress because you’re already driving at the speed limit?

The provincial government has the solution to your problem: drive faster.

That’s one of the recommendations being implemented from a provincial road safety and speed review that may raise a few eyebrows.

After assessing more than 9,000 kilometres of B.C. highways over the past year, the province will “adjust” the speed limit for about 1,300 km.

That will include bringing in a new overall maximum speed of 120 km/h, as well as trying out “variable speed zones” along sections of the Trans-Canada, Coquihalla, and Sea-to-Sky Highways.

Other changes stemming from the review include redefining “winter tires” and cutting a month off their season (ending March 31, instead of April 30).

New regulations and enforcement provisions for “keep right except to pass” will please those who are frustrated by slow drivers – and those who feel no one else is ever going fast enough.

While many of the changes – like those aimed at reducing crashes involving wildlife – make good sense and will be welcomed universally, some leave us scratching our heads.

For instance, at a time when German authorities have re-opened debate over the possibility of setting speed limits on their famous Autobahn – with proponents citing studies indicating it would reduce serious crashes – the idea of raising speed limits in B.C. seems counter-intuitive.

If the goal is to reduce accidents caused by frustrated drivers, a better solution might be to increase enforcement to get those frustrated drivers off the road.

And we’re not sure how a new requirement for drivers with more than five vehicles backed up behind them to pull over will work during rush hour.

– B.G.

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