Driver reaction is mixed to a proposal to hike speeds on major highways including the Island Highway.
Provincial Highways Minister Todd Stone launched a provincial review of B.C. speed limits Friday.
Early last month he said he had asked staff to review speed limits with consideration for raising speeds where it's safe to do so.
Stone issued a call for public feedback on new limits ahead of changes in the spring.
The review isn't limited to raising speeds - lower speeds will also be considered, where appropriate for safety.
Some Nanaimo drivers support higher speeds on public highways.
"You've got to use sound judgement but there's definitely some parts of the highway where you can go quicker," said Brian Fillmore. "The Parkway - why is it 90? I think it could be a little quicker."
Stone he's heard from people "in all corners of the province" that speed limits are too slow.
Norma Smith, of Nanaimo, sees no reason to increase speeds.
"I think the speeds are just fine the way they are," Smith said.
Doreen Jakobsen said speed increases should be balanced against better enforcement in dangerous stretches of highway, such as Malahat Drive.
"I really have no problem with an increase," Jakobsen said. "I would be quite comfortable with 10 more kilometres per hour."
The province will collect public input through a series of forums and online feedback, starting in November. The only Island forum will be in Nanaimo. Two are planned for the Lower Mainland and five will be staged around B.C. The province will also conduct a technical review of provincial highways to determine what roads, if any, need a speed limit adjustment. That will look at highways characteristics such as safety, speed and traffic volumes.
The province will also ask for how to reduce wildlife-related collisions.
Vehicles kill deer "all over the Island," said Oliver Watson, Central Island operations manager for provincial highway contractor Emcon.
Municipalities, ICBC and police will also be consulted. Forum dates have not yet been set.
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