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Increased Speed Limits, Wreaking Havoc with BC Drivers

A new study has found a 118 per cent increase in fatalities, injuries, and the total number of crashes on 33 BC roadways that had speed limit increases.

The previous Liberal government raised speed limits on a number of Vancouver Island roads, including the 120 kilometre-an-hour stretch between Parksville and Campbell River, up from 110.

One of the areas called into question in this report was the stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between Cowichan Bay and Nanaimo that was increased to 90 kilometres an hour.

The report, spearheaded by a Doctor at Vancouver General Hospital, found that the year before the Liberals increased the speed limits, there were 19 fatalities, compared to 33 after the speed limit hike.

The faster speed limits resulted in a 43 per cent increase in total auto insurance claims and a 30 per cent increase in claims for injuries because of crashes.

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