A private member’s bill introduced in the legislature this week is proposing a change to speed limits on some major Alberta highways. (Photo contributed)

A private member’s bill introduced in the legislature this week is proposing a change to speed limits on some major Alberta highways. (Photo contributed)

Highway speed limit increase in Alberta introduced in private member’s bill

One MLA in Alberta believes an increased speed limit on some highways could make them safer.

Spruce Grove-Stony Plain MLA Searle Turton introduced a private member’s bill in the legislature on Wednesday, which would increase the speed limit to 120 km/h on divided highways.

Bill 213, if passed would raise the maximum speed on divided highways outside of urban areas from 110 km/h to 120 km/h. If passed, the change would affect Highways 1, 2, 3, 4, 16 and 43.

With so many long, empty stretches of highway in the province, Turton thinks the change just makes sense.

“The aim of this bill is to maintain the safety of Albertans and improve the commutes of Albertans across the province and increase the synchronization between posted speed limits and the speed that highways are engineered and constructed for,” he said while introducing the bill.