The provincial ministry of transportation is conducting a review of speed limits on provincial highways and secondary roads, and seeking public input on everything from top speeds to slow drivers.
The province is already working on a technical review of the highways system, looking at current speeds, highway alignment, safety history, wildlife corridors, traffic volume, weather patterns and other factors. The public will be invited to provide their input at various public meetings and online at the ministry website.
As well, the ministry will be consulting with communities, the Union of B.C. Municipalities, ICBC, police and other stakeholders before making any changes. Recommendations are expected to be in place for early 2014.
"We want to ensure those travelling on our highways can do so safely and efficiently as possible, and we're interested in what British Columbians have to say as our review of speed limits and other important safety issues moves forward," said Stone in a release.
Stone also spoke to CBC News, and stressed that the review was focused on finding the correct speeds for B.C. highways rather than increasing limits. In some cases speed limits could be lowered.
The last major review of highway speeds took place in 2003, resulting in the province increasing the upper limit of 110km/h, which will also be reviewed to see if it could be moved up on certain straight roads.
Since that report the $600 million Sea to Sky Highway Improvement was completed between North Vancouver and Whistler, changing speeds along that route as well.
Reached for comment, the Resort Municipality of Whistler confirmed that they have an active request to lower the speed limit to 60km/h from Alta Lake Road to Function Junction. They said the information is under review at the ministry and they expect a response in the next few months.
The original request was sent in November 2012. According to the municipality, the increase in traffic as a result of development in Cheakamus Crossing and Spring Creek created a safety issue for the highway.
The ministry has not made it clear when the public will be able to comment on speed limits but have arranged public engagement sessions around the province starting in November: Kamloops, Chilliwack, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Vancouver, Kelowna and Cranbrook, with additional communities to be added as necessary.