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安省试行高速公路提速是浪费时间和钱财
It wastes time and money to test Ontario highway speed limits





最近,安省政府宣布提高三条400系列高速公路的速度限制。此政策将于9月开始,试行两年。这是安省交通厅长长Jeff Yurek透露的“安省防止交通堵塞法案”的一部分。

Recently, the Ontario Government announced that it will be raising speed limits on sections of three 400-series highways as part of a new pilot project that will begin in September and last for two years. This is part of the proposed Getting Ontario Moving Act revealed by Ontario Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek.



“安省防止交通堵塞法案”还将加大对那些在超车线上行驶太慢的司机,以及那些在修路地段,或拖车附件超速的人的罚款力度。该法案还将允许没有载人的摩托车上安省的多个乘客车辆专用线(HOV)。在一个特定时段里,只有2个乘客以上的车才可以用专线。

The Getting Ontario Moving Act will also increase fines for people who drive too slowly in the passing lane, as well as speeders in construction zones or near tow trucks. Included in this Act is a proposal to allow solo motorcycle riders to use Ontario’s high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes where only 2 or more people travelling in a vehicle can use certain times of the day.

安省还计划取消对小货车和挂车进行车检的规定,只要小货车和挂车不是用于商业用途。它还将允许汽车经销商代表客户上网申请行车许可证,车牌和车牌有效期的张贴,而不必到安省服务中心排队。

The province plans to eliminate a requirement for owners of pick-up trucks and trailers to get them inspected if they are for personal use. It will also allow vehicle dealers to apply online for permits, plates and validation stickers on behalf of customers, instead of them having to line up at Service Ontario.



以下的安省高速公路的将从目前的时速100公里增加到110公里:
1)从伦敦到萨尼亚的402号公路
2)从圣凯瑟琳到汉密尔顿的QEW路段
3)从渥太华/格洛斯特到安省/魁北克边境的417号高速公路路段

The following sections of the highways will have their speed limits increased to 110 kilometres per hour (100km/h), up from 100 kilometres per hour:
1)Highway 402 from London to Sarnia
2)QEW from St. Catharines to Hamilton
3)Highway 417 from Ottawa/Gloucester to Ontario/Quebec border


 
Yurek厅长说 “之所以拿这三条高速公路做试点,是因为不需要太多的道路改造就可以提速,这些路的交汇处路比较宽,不会因提速而带来安全问题。”

According to Minister Yurek - “Each of these highways were chosen because there’s little change needed to be done to them [and] their interchanges are properly spaced for making the safest environment possible.”
 
安省政府认为,提高时速会让安省与安省以外的高速公路时速一致,人们开车出入安省不必考虑时速的变化。 Yurek厅长认为提速不会鼓励人们超速。我对这个说法持保留意见!

The Ontario government believes that increasing speed limits will bring posted limits in line with other jurisdictions and go along with how people currently are driving. Minister Yurek doesn’t think the higher limit will encourage people to speed even more. To me, I have reservations on that thought!


 
在我年轻和单身时,尤其是刚拿到驾照时,车速对我来说很重要。 1973年之前,加拿大时速是英制(英里)。那时,安省高速公路的最高车速为70英里/小时(113公里/小时)和80英里/小时(129公里/小时)。那时,北美汽车的设计考虑了舒适性,车的大小和加速的速度。很快,由于汽油涨价,北美原有的生活方式突然发生了变化。 1976年,除了安省北部的主干道减速至55英里/小时(89公里/小时)以外,高速公路的最高限速降至60英里/小时(97公里/小时)。降速的的原因是石油输出国组织(欧佩克)的石油禁运,大家要节约燃料。

Speed meant a lot to me back when I was a youngster, newly licensed and single. Before 1973, speed limits were in imperial units (miles). At that time, the speed limit was 70 mph (113 km/h) on Ontario highways and 80 mph (129 km/h). Cars were built for comfort, size, and pickup speed in North America. Soon, the days of cheap and abundant supply of gas to support this life style changed abruptly. In 1976 the maximum speed limit for Highways was reduced to 60 mph (97 km/h) except for main highways running through northern Ontario which were reduced to 55 mph (89 km/h). The legislation was enacted in an effort to conserve fuel amid an embargo on oil shipments from the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).


 
1977年,加拿大高速公路开始使用公制系统,速度略有增加,时速从80公里/小时到100公里/小时(62英里/小时)。在过去几年中,大多数车辆在主要公路上以110至120公里/小时的速度行驶,警方在大多数情况下都会容忍这些超速行驶,这是个公开的秘密。那些在左边超车道开慢车的人显然对其他开车的人不屑一顾,结果逼得其他车不得不进行不必的、危险的换道,以便超过在超车道上的慢车。

In 1977, highways started using the metric system with speeds being increased slightly to a maximum ranging from 80 km/h to 100 km/h (62 mph). Over the last few years, it is clear to everyone that most vehicles are travelling at 110 to 120 Km/h on the major Highways and the police will tolerate these speeding infractions in most of the cases. Driving slowly in the left (passing) lane and oblivious to others is presenting the most dangerous challenge to other drivers causing them to make unnecessary lane changes to pass these slower vehicles.



2013年,因“超速/超过限制时速”占所有汽车碰撞的18.4%。追尾是最常发生的事。81%的追尾发生在领头的车完全停下时。在过去的一年里,我的车在路上因堵塞突然停下时两次被追尾,都因我身后的车并没有及时停下来。车速快更容易发生追尾。何时加速应该根据道路,天气和交通状况来决定,而不仅仅是速度限制!

In 2013, "speed too fast / exceed speed limit" contributed to 18.4% of all collisions. Rear-end collisions are the type of crashes that occur the most frequently. About 81 percent of rear-end accidents occurred when the lead vehicle was completely stopped. Within the last year, my vehicle was rear-ended on two occasions when the traffic stopped rapidly and those behind me did not stop in time. The cause has more to do with following too close than speeding. Speeding should be defined by the road, weather, and traffic condition and not just the speed limits!



我不认为这一高速公路提速试点会产生任何新的和有用的统计数据。人们在高速公路上超速行驶是一个现实,不能通过罚款或定罪来改变。提高速度限制将使警方能够监控其他不良的驾驶行为,而不仅仅是在超过一点限速的情况下开罚单。

I do not think that these proposed highway speed limits increase pilot projects will yield any new and useful statistics. People consistently driving above the speed limits on the highways are a reality that cannot be changed by fines or convictions. Increasing the speed limit will allow the police to work on monitoring other aspects of poor driving behaviours rather than just giving out tickets on borderline cases when speeds are exceeded.

“安省防止交通堵塞法案”下的许多其他条款都是很好的建议。允许一个人开的摩托车使用HOV车道应有助于缓解高速公路的堵塞。除去小卡车和挂车车检的繁文缛节,允许车辆经销商进行电子登记将给百姓提供便利。安省政府应该停止提高时速试点项目,并立即有条理立即调整时速限制。搞限速试点项目完全浪费时间和金钱!

Many of the other proposals under the Getting Ontario Moving Act are good suggestions. Allowing solo motorcycles to use the HOV lanes should help ease up highway traffic congestion. Cutting the red tape for trucks and trailer inspections and allowing electronic registration by vehicle dealers will provide public convenience. The Ontario government should simply cut out its speed limit pilot project and change the speed limits in an immediate and orderly fashion. It is a total waste of time and money to implement the testing!

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