Ministry eyes speed limit increases

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WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The speed limit on two secondary highways is about to be increased from 80 to 100 km-h, according to the B.C. Ministry of Transportation.

The ministry has recently completed an evaluation of the speed limits on Horsefly and Likely Roads, and they have determined that traffic already travels much faster than the current speed limits.

Curve testing was also completed to determine where warning signs should be placed to avoid rollovers, adds a ministry spokesman.

“We’re trying to achieve a safe and reasonable speed limit,” says district technician Maurice LeFrancois. “We find if the speed limit is unreasonably low in one area, drivers tend to disrespect other speed zones and signage in general.”

The RCMP is currently reviewing the proposed change, but LeFrancois says barring any setbacks, the new speed limits should take effect in July.

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