April is Speed Awareness Month

April is Speed Awareness and Enforcement month. Fines start at 1 km/h over the speed limit at $81.00 and go up to 50 km/h at $495.00. Demerit points are assessed to speed fines starting at 2 demerits and increase as speed increases.

Speed fines double if one is charged for speeding in a construction zone or passing Emergency vehicles or tow trucks. If speeds are in excess of 50 km/h over the speed limit the ticket will be for mandatory court in which the courts will set the fine and license suspension timeline.

Starting March 1, 2023, a change to the Traffic Safety Act (TSA) will occur, being that ALL lanes of travel must slow to 60 km/h when passing Emergency vehicles when traveling in the same direction. This is a change in that currently it is only the lane adjacent or one lane beside the Emergency vehicle must slow. You wouldn’t want emergency vehicle ripping past you in your office, would you?

In relation to speed, the distance your vehicle travels increase considerably for reaction time and braking distance if an emergency arises.

  • Average vehicle in good repair driving on dry and good repair roads at 50 km/h
  • Average perception and reaction time 1.5 seconds (brain to see danger and then reaction time to step on brakes) this can vary depending on driving experience
  • Vehicle travels approx. 18 m/sec at 50 km/h
  • Vehicle from start of braking to complete stop approx. 25 m
  • So it will be approx. 60 m travel distance half a football field

100 km/h you can quadruple that so approx. 200 m (2 football fields) to stop.

So something to remember this is for ideal road conditions, wet & snow etc will extend this considerably.