Driving below the speed limit could still get drivers slapped with a $167 ticket in winter conditions, said Fort St. John RCMP.
In a statement reminding drivers to take it slow, RCMP said they and Peace Region Traffic Services will be paying close attention to complacent motorists and issuing fines to violators.
“Speed signs are posted with a maximum speed for ideal weather driving conditions such as that of a warm, clear, sunny summer day. Choosing to drive at an unsafe speed, even if below the posted speed limit, could result in a $167 fine for Speed Relative to Conditions under Section 144(1)(c) of the Motor Vehicle Act,” said Cst. Carlee Lussier of the Integrated Road Safety Unit in the statement.
Lussier cautioned roads may look dry and clear, but ice can still be present. She added snow tires offer enhanced traction, but are no replacement for alert and careful driving.
“Speed is a large contributor to motor vehicle collisions in Canada and choosing to speed especially on winter roads can leave the lives of many at risk,” Lussier said.
Fort St. John saw 268 crashes in 2011, the last year for which ICBC provides data. The intersection with more crashes than anywhere else was 100th Ave and Alaska Highway, with 21.