BCHP urge adherence to speed limits on Coquihalla and Highway 1

Merritt, Kamloops Rural, BC Highway Patrol

2022-02-17 08:00 PST

BC Highway Patrol has continued to patrol Highway 5 (Coquihalla highway) from Merritt to Hope since its re-opening in early January. When the Coquihalla was reopened, speeds on the main portion of the corridor were reduced to 100 km/h as the Province of BC was concerned about the potential for road closures due to collisions and damage caused by the floods.

BCHP is reminding all drivers, including those from out-of-province, to check their speedometers as they travel through BC during the upcoming Family Day weekend. Clearly posted speed limits, including those through single-lane construction zones, are in effect and will be enforced. Those found traveling at excessive speed (more than 40 km/h over posted limit) may find themselves without a vehicle and subject to stiff fines and towing/storage costs.

Posted speed limits are intended for ideal travel conditions and motorists need to consider driving to the road and weather conditions which may mean reducing speed. Road and weather conditions can change with little warning on BC’s highways at this time of year, especially as people navigate some of the mountain passes. Before you travel, ensure your vehicle is in good condition with proper winter tread and pack extra food, water and clothing in case you are delayed. Monitor DriveBC.ca for conditions along your intended route.

In addition, Highway 1 is undergoing repairs due to the floods in some areas between Boston Bar and Spences Bridge and there are a number of reduced speed zones due to the ongoing repairs. Those found speeding in a construction zone face a minimum fine of $196.

No matter where you may be traveling to this weekend, BC Highway Patrol wishes everyone safe travels!

BC Highway Patrol

Released for:

Sgt. Brian O’callaghan
BCHP Kamloops/Merritt

Released by

Cpl. Mike Halskov

Media Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, BC V3T 6P3 - Mailstop # 804
Office: 778-290-2377
Fax: 778-290-6071

Email: E_BCHP_Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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