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Speeding is involved in 94 deaths every year and is the leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C. The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop – and the more dangerous a crash can be.

So slow down and give yourself extra time to get to your destination so you don’t feel the need to rush. It’s not worth the risk to yourself, and to others.

The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop

You need time to see and react before your brakes take effect and slow you down. Each time you double your speed, your braking distance is multiplied by four. In wet or icy road conditions, it’s even more.

Depending on your vehicle type and road material:

  • At 30 km/hr, it can take 18 metres to come to a full stop.
  • At 80 km/hr, it can take 76 metres.
  • And at 110 km/hr, it can take 126 metres.

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The faster you go, the more you pay

If you’re caught speeding, you end up paying in a number of ways – and the cost increases the more you speed.

Driver risk premium

If you have one or more excessive speeding tickets, you pay a driver risk premium. It's based on convictions over a three-year period. You pay the driver risk premium on top of your cost of insurance.

Fines

Ticket fines increase the more over the speed limit you drive. If you're caught doing 20km/hr over the speed limit on a highway, you'll be ticketed $138; do more than 40km/hr, and the ticket is $368. In a school, playground or construction zone, the fines range from $196 to $483. Check out the facts on escalating speeding fines in our speed factsheet.  

Vehicle impoundment

Besides the violation ticket fine and driver risk premium, police can immediately impound your vehicle for seven days for those travelling 40 km or more over the posted speed limit. This could escalate to 30 or 60 days for repeat offenders. The owner is then required to pay the vehicle towing and storage fees to get their vehicle back.

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Like braking distance, the force of impact increases as you go faster.

If you double your speed, you hit four times as hard.

Crashing into a solid object at 30Km/h is like sitting in a vehicle when it falls from a one-storey building.

At 60Km/h, hitting a solid object is like being in a vehicle when it falls from the roof of a four-storey building.

This is why speed is such an important factor in crashes, and why slowing down could save lives.

Tips to stay safe

  • Behind other vehicles, allow at least two seconds' following distance in good weather and road conditions (three seconds on a highway).

  • Slow down on wet roads, in bad weather conditions or on uneven roads. Increase your following distance to at least four seconds.

  • Don't speed up as someone is trying to pass you. Help the other driver get back into your lane by slowing down and making room.

  • Be realistic about your travel time. If you're running late, accept the delay. Better late than never.

 Slow down and stay safe. It’s not worth the risk.

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