Group wants to make speed limits a campaign issue

Says government keeps limits artifically low

A driver advocacy group called is trying to make speed limits a provincial election issue.

The group contends its safer for drivers to exceed 100 km/h on major arteries, but says the Ontario government is keeping limits artifically low to rake in money from speeding tickets issued.

NEWSTALK 1010 spoke to all three major parties, and got the following responses:

LIBERALS "We are not considering increasing the speed limits. Ontario's roads are consistently ranked among the safest in North America and WE are committed to keeping them that way."

TIM HUDAK: "It's not a priority. My focus is on jobs and getting people and goods moving at all during rush hour in the GTA."

NDP "At this point, increasing the speed limits on 400 series highways is not something the NDP has committed to, either for or against. An NDP government will work with the Ministry of Transportation to keep roads safe and reduce gridlock."

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  1. Yea right posted on 05/22/2014 11:24 PM
    People can barely drive as it is. Every other day we have a new accident, some person dying because another person was texting/notpayingattention/rushing...
    1. andre1958 posted on 05/23/2014 05:47 AM
      @Yea right I have to agree. Average speed now is not 100, it is more like in the 120 to 130 range and people are still tailgating. One would not be able to convince me that increasing the speed limit would be a safer thing to do. I think that in case of accidents, there would be more cars involved in the pile ups and more casualties.
    2. Duke Ganote posted on 05/24/2014 09:06 AM
      @Yea right The "inconvenient truth" for all the High-Speed Hysterics is that Ontario's fatal collision rate on 400-series roads was 0.13 -- much LOWER than the 0.53 rate per 100M-travel-km on other roads in 2010. Yet what roads get all the attention?

      Furthermore, South Dakota raised its rural speed limit to 120 km/h shortly after Repeal of the US Speed Prohibitions in 1995. The average speed is still less than the posted speed limit (search for "South Dakota Speed Monitoring" to see the official SDDOT reporting yourself.)
  2. James C. Walker posted on 05/24/2014 09:10 AM
    A party that WOULD make it a campaign promise would get a lot of votes.

    Their statement would be something like:

    "The XX Party believes that making criminals out of almost all drivers on 400 series highways with the 100 kph posted limit is ridiculous. We will post the limits realistically, based on scientific engineering surveys of today's actual safe travel speeds. Limits will likely vary from 110 in urban areas to 130 kph in very rural areas."

    James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association
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