The B.C. government has announced it will decrease the speed limits of several popular highways in the province.
On Tuesday, Transportation Minister Claire Trevena made the announcement, citing research that showed B.C. highways with increased speed limits saw more crashes.
Highways with reduced speed limits are:
The decision comes nearly five years after the BC Liberals instituted a maximum speed limit of 120/km along the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Kamloops, the Okanagan Connector (Highway 97C) from Aspen Grove to Peachland and Highway 19 from Parksville to Campbell River.
A recent UBC study based on police reports, auto insurance claims and ambulance call dispatches indicated fatal crashes had more than doubled since the increase was implemented.
The province has yet to announce when the changes will come into effect.