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FAQs - How can vehicle speed be reduced on a public road?

Question - How can vehicle speed be reduced on a public road?

Some common techniques used to reduce vehicle speed on roads include altering speed limits and adopting other traffic calming devices. Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on public roads within the City of Langford is 50 km/h. The City will not increase this limit.

Speeding is often considered a matter of perception that can be affected even by such things as vehicle color and noise. To counter this subjectivity the City's Bylaw and Engineering Departments often use Speed Watch. This program uses a radar detector manned in an inconspicuous car to gather objective data regarding vehicle speed on a particular stretch of road. The results are then analyzed by the Engineering Department to determine the speed of the 85th percentile of traffic. Should this data be of significant concern it is then forwarded to the RCMP.

It is Council's policy to not install speed humps on public roads. The main reason for this is that emergency vehicles have to slow down much more than regular vehicles to cross these speed humps; in an emergency, seconds count. In addition if, for example, an ambulance hit a speed hump en route to the hospital with a patient in the back, the efforts made by the paramedics tending the patient could be compromised.

The City has undertaken other traffic calming measures and addresses these on an individual basis; for example, the traffic island on Atkins Road near the View Royal boundary; road narrowing on Hoffman Road at Winster Road; and the roundabouts installed at the intersections of Goldstream Avenue at Bryn Maur Road and Glen Lake Road at Parkdale Drive.

If you wish to discuss traffic calming measures or fore more information regarding the speeding please contact the Engineering Department.

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