Coquihalla unaffected by decision to reduce some highway speed limits

The provincial government is lowering speed limits on some highways — but the Coquihalla is not among routes affected.

Highways Minister Claire Trevena announced on Tuesday plans to reduce speed limits on 15 of 33 sections of highways that had speed limits increased in 2014 by then-highways minister Todd Stone of the B.C. Liberal government.

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The decision to roll back some speed limits comes on the heels of a recent study by UBC that showed an increase in fatalities, injuries, crashes and insurance claims on some of the roads where speed limits were raised to as high as 120 km/h. The decision also follows a three-year review of police and ICBC crash statistics.

The decision by the B.C. NDP government will see speed limits reduced by 10 km/h on affected highways.

Although the Coquihalla Highway between Kamloops and Hope has garnered its fair share of crash headlines, speed limits are not being rolled back because data showed the top three contributing factors in crashes were driver distraction, poor road conditions and driving too fast for the conditions.

Parts of the Coquihalla have variable speed limits, which are set based on weather conditions.

Highways affected by lower speed limits include the Sea to Sky, Trans-Canada and Island.

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