Speed limits on Ontario’s highways are too low, according to an Oshawa-based group..!
Stop100.ca is calling on the provincial government to boost existing maximum limits from the current 100 km/h by as much as 30 km/h.
“If higher speed limits are set, people will simply not be exceeding them as much,” said Chris Klimek, the creator of the group.
Klimek said many motorists he sees on the road are “not speeding just for the sake of speeding,” but are moving at a pace that is suitable for Ontario’s highway infrastructure.
“I believe people are using their common sense in the speed that they are driving. Drivers are just made into law breakers due to current legislation,” insisted Klimek, a web developer who travels on the highways daily.
The group is calling for maximum limits on all 400-series highways in metropolitan areas to be increased to 120 km/h.
However, the limit on Hwy. 407 and the express lanes on Hwy. 401 should be bumped up to 130 km/h because of “special safety enhancements,” according to the group. It also wants a speed limit of 130 km/h on all 400-series highways outside of metropolitan areas.
Some of the enforcement attention could then be shifted to “lane discipline” instead of speeders, said Klimek.
Ontario transportation ministry spokesman Bob Nichols said the province currently has no interest in changing speed limits.
In 2008, speed contributed to 21% of fatalities and 12% of all injuries sustained in motor vehicle in collisions in Ontario.
“Experience in other jurisdictions generally indicates that fatal collisions can increase with higher speed limits,” he added.
Would you be more/less comfortable driving on the 400 Highways, if the speed limit was 120-13kph?