Whoa,162 km/h! What was this driver smoking?

THE Ridge Meadows Traffic Unit was performing routine patrols in the area of Golden Ears Way and 113B when they noted a driver travelling at more than 90 km/hr over the posted speed limit of 70 km/hr on Sunday, March 25. This is the highest speed that anyone has been caught driving on this stretch of road this year.

The vehicle was stopped and the driver was served a violation ticket of $483 for excessive speeding. The vehicle was immediately impounded for a minimum of seven days and the driver may be subject to a Driver Risk Premium of $320 per year for three years.

Additionally, the driver was warned about the possibility of a Criminal Code “Dangerous Driving” charge.

“Some drivers still feel that they can get away with operating a vehicle at these dangerous speeds,” said Inspector Aaron Paradis. “The decision to drive in this manner is inexcusable and can result in significant consequences, either to the driver themselves or, tragically, to others.”

 

Backgrounder

· On December 14, 2017, RoadSafetyBC’s 15-day Prohibition Program was replaced with new legislation

· A new RoadSafetyBC High Risk Driving Incident Report (HRDIR) was introduced

· Section 93 of the Motor Vehicle Act gives the Superintended of Motor Vehicles authority to ban high-risk drivers for a minimum of three months

· Fines and consequences:

– In all cases of excessive speeding the High Risk Driving Incident Report may be submitted to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for further action

– 40km to 59km/h over the posted limit: $368 fine,three penalty points and an immediate seven-day vehicle impoundment

– More than 60km/h over the posted speed limit: $483 fine, three penalty points and an immediate seven-day vehicle impoundment

– Second offence: fines and consequences as above plus a 30-day immediate vehicle impoundment

– Any subsequent offenses: fines and consequences as above plus a 60-day immediate vehicle impoundment

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