DPD nabs excessive speeders on Highway 17

The Delta police traffic unit nabbed a number of speeders last week in an enforcement effort on Highway 17.

On the morning of June 6, officers stopped six vehicles for excessive speed, impounded the vehicles and towed from the scene for seven days. All but one driver were from other Metro Vancouver communities. Speeds ranged from 128 km to 158 km/hour, which is nearly double the limit. The speed limit along that highway is 80 km/hour

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Violators included:

  • A taxi with two passengers who had to be transferred to another cab when their taxi was impounded
  • A driver with an interlock device on the ignition (a possible requirement for drivers who’ve been caught driving impaired
  • Two vehicles, travelling approximately two car-lengths apart, at over 150 km/hour
  • A driver with an interim driving license.

“Public surveys and consultations tell us that our community views traffic safety as one of the top issues, if not the top issue here,” said DPD spokesperson Cris Leykauf. “People deserve to get to work, home and school safely, and our officers work hard to keep our roads safe.”

Speed is a major contributing factor to car crash fatalities in B.C. While the ticket fine ranges from $368 to $483 if you’re caught doing more than 40 km/hour over the limit, there are also significant additional costs.

ICBC will enforce a driver risk premium if a driver has one or more excessive speeding tickets with costs escalating if you have additional roadside suspensions, serious Motor Vehicle Act convictions, or driving related Criminal Code convictions. Additionally, drivers will pay impound, vehicle towing, and storage fees.

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