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lead and change speed limits are getting the same message from lawmakers: not so fast.

“We take a look at it from time to time but that something that we not considering at this time,” said Christine Way, spokeswoman for the ministry of transportation. “It Alberta Transportation position that increasing speed limits does not solve the problem of speeding. It in fact makes it worse.”

The rationale to change the speed was based on an argument that differences in speed of vehicles on the same road not the speed itself is the main cause of serious collisions.

According to the experts in Alberta, however, upping the limit doesn help.

“You always going to have major roads with vehicles of different speeds. You going to have motor homes and Corvettes,” said Dr. Don Voaklander, injury prevention specialist and director of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research at the University of Alberta.

Voaklander said the theory works on large highways like Germany Autobahn but on busy highways like Alberta QEII, the higher the speed, the more road deaths that occur.

Speed isn the only culprit; drivers are also to blame.

“There is an issue of speed in Alberta,
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” said Voaklander, referring to a study the Alberta Motor Association did a few years ago where 75 per cent of their members considered themselves “speeders” but also thought they were above average drivers.

“They felt that they basically had a right to speed,” he said.

Road deaths have statistically decreased in the past 20 years, but an increase in speed limit could change that.

Voaklander said if you raise a road speed from 110 km/h to 120 km/h a 9 per cent increase you can count on a three per cent to four per cent increase in serious injury or death for each percent increase in speed. So if there are 100 deaths now, that number could jump by more than 20.

On a road like Alberta Highway 63 referred to by some as the “highway of death” that change may be around the corner. The highway was 20 per cent twinned as of March and is expected to be completely twinned by 2016, making it eligible for a speed limit of 110 km/h, up from the current 100 km/h.

Keeping deaths down on the new roadway, according to Voaklander, will need a three fold approach, beginning with keeping speed limits from getting too high. Public education also works,
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but only when they are large and continuous.