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Majority of BC residents agree residential speed limit should be 30 km/h: poll

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More than 60 per cent of British Columbians surveyed want to see residential speed limits reduced to 30 km/h and more speed cameras around the province.

A recent Research Co. polled 800 people in BC most of them said there's a need to do something about speeding.

The poll found more than 60 per cent of those surveyed think the speed limit on residential streets should be reduced to 30 km//h and more than 70 per cent support using cameras to give out speeding tickets, according to a media release issued today, Nov. 24.

In 2019, Vancouver started a pilot program and reduced the speed limit to 30 km/h on residential streets in the Grandview-Woodland neighbourhood. The poll shows 69 per cent of BC residents support the pilot program.

The data from the survey shows people around the province view speeding as a problem.

The study shows 43 per cent see someone speeding on their street everyday, and that many residents support automated speed enforcement.

Cameras for automated speeding enforcement are not widely in effect, but BC residents support them.

The poll shows 73 per cent of residents are in favour of stationary speed cameras, 65 per cent support mobile speed cameras and 57 per cent support point-to-point cameras which use two cameras to measure a vehicle’s speed over a distance.

And support for reducing speeding crosses party lines.

“The reliance on red light cameras to issue tickets for speeding is not politically contentious in British Columbia,” Mario Canseco, president of Research Co., said in the release. “Sizeable proportions of residents who voted for the BC Liberals (now called BC United), 76 per cent, the BC New Democratic Party, 74 per cent, and the BC Green Party, 73 per cent, in 2020 agree with this approach.”

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