The province says the top three reasons why crashes are happening on our highways are inattentiveness, speed and road conditions.

Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced the province will be rolling back the speed limits where speed is a contributing factor in a crash.

“We are rolling back speed limits by 10 kilometers an hour on 15 sections of highway covering 570 kilometers across the province. That includes TransCanada, Sea to Sky and the Island Highway.”

RCMP Inspector Tim Walton, in charge of Island District Traffic Services says slowing down can significantly reduce the severity of a collision and the chance of drivers being severely injured or killed.

“For those of you who wish to tempt fate, police will be there trying to convince you to obey the speed limits one ticket at a time. So please, slow down when you see us on the side of the road. We have your best interest at heart.”

In our region, on the Island, the highways where speed limits will be lowered include Highway 1 from Cowichan Bay to Nanaimo, the 90 kilometer per hour speed limit will be reduced to 80 and on Highway 19 between Parksville and Campbell River the 120 speed limit will be reduced to 110.