The CRD is planning to install "Point to point" speed enforcement on the Malahat.
This means that a camera will document the time you pass it at point "A" and then document the time your car passes the device at point "B" and if you have reached point "B" quicker then the pre-set time they have concluded it should take you driving no faster then the posted speed limit, a photo will be taken of your car and plate and you will be issued a speeding ticket.
Now naturally this system is going to be loaded with all sorts of problems.
First of all in the province of BC, to be legally issued a "Speeding Ticket" the speed in which you are traveling has to be documented and proven. This is done with a Radar Gun or a Photo Radar device that has to be tested and authorized prior to it's use for accuracy. So the first hurdle the government would have to go through is changing the LAWS of BC to accommodate point to point speed enforcement. You can't just say that because a vehicle started at point "A" at this time and arrived at point "B" at another time that the vehicle was speeding. Their are all sorts of things that could alter the exact time a vehicle reaches the point "B" such as good road conditions, and little to no traffic congestion etc. This will be a hard one for the CRD to get around if it gets Challenged in court.
The second big problem with this proposed system is naturally the huge increase of people coming to dispute their tickets that it will generate will put that department of our court system into overdrive.
Myself being completely against speeding on the Malahat, I don't think that issuing speeding tickets to people with no actual documented proof of the speed in which they were traveling is the right direction to go in.
Edited by Star Dust, 15 February 2018 - 12:31 PM.