A group is urging the provincial government to increase the speed limits on Ontario's highways. The Oshawa-based organization argues that the speed limits are too low and should be boosted by as much as 30 km/h from the present 100 km/h.
For years now, the speed limit on Ontario highways, such as its 400-series, is 100 km/h. If a driver is caught exceeding the limit by between 16 and 29 km/h, the motorist receives three demerit points.
An Oshawa-based group called Stop100.ca, founded by Chris Klimek, is urging the provincial government to increase the speed limits on various highways across the province. It believes that the current maximum speed limit is antiquated due to the different safety enhancements that have been developed since the maximum speed was introduced.
It demands that Ontario increase the 400-series highway speed limit to between 120 km/h – on 400-series highways outside of the metropolitan area it should be boosted to 130 km/h. Meanwhile, Highways 407 and the express lanes on Highway 401 should be bumped up to 130 km/h.
“As a citizen and driver, I therefore urge you influence the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario to raise the speed limit to 120-130 km/h on 400-series highways across the Province,” the group wrote in a letter to the Ministry of Transportation. It also provided a number of statistics, such as the 100 km/h mark “is one of the lowest highway speed limits in the world.”
Germany is known not to have a speeding limit at all, while nations such as Austria, Switzerland, South Korea and the Netherlands have speed limits in the Ontario group’s desired range.
“Let us not remain in a hypocritical situation caused by a political decision made decades ago. Let us legally drive at speeds we already are every day,” the group concluded in its letter. “Let us drive at speeds deemed safe and widely accepted and recognized around the world. Let us take full advantage of our excellent highway infrastructure and not be afraid of using it. Let us drive with a peace of mind and our eyes fully focused on the road. Let us be proud of our roads once again!”
Bob Nichols, spokesperson for Ontario Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli, told the Toronto Sun that it has no aspirations to revise the province’s speeding laws. “Experience in other jurisdictions generally indicates that fatal collisions can increase with higher speed limits."