BCHP Squamish impounds four vehicles within two hours
Squamish, BC Highway Patrol
2022-04-11 09:00 PDT
File # BCHP 2022-2116, 2117, 2120, 2121
On Thursday, April 7, 2022, BC Highway Patrol was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 99 near Furry Creek and stopped two cars and two motorcycles for excessive speed.
The first incident occurred at about 4:20 PM and involved two motorcycles that appeared to be traveling together and overtaking other vehicles. Both motorcyclists were tracked with a laser speed measuring device and were found to be in excess of 140 km/h in the posted 80 km/h zone. Both motorcycles were stopped and subsequently impounded and the riders each handed tickets for excessive speed.
About an hour and a half later, two vehicles that also appeared to be traveling together were tracked by laser also traveling in excess of 140 km/h in the 80 km/h zone. Both vehicles were stopped and subsequently impounded and the drivers handed tickets for excessive speed.
High risk driving, which includes excessive speed, kills 114* people on average each year in BC, according to provincial statistics.
"Exceeding the speed limit, even by a small amount, reduces the time it takes for a driver to perceive and react to a situation," says Corporal Mike Halskov, media relations officer for BC Highway Patrol. "The increased distance per second that a speeding vehicle travels adds to the time and distance it takes to bring it to a stop and can be the difference between a serious crash or no crash at all."
Police urge all drivers to obey speed limits. The drivers noted in the examples above now face a very expensive lesson on another downside of speeding which includes not only the ticket, but towing and storage plus any Driver Penalty Point Premium assessed by ICBC.
Officers with BC Highway Patrol work hard to enforce those offences which contribute to serious injury and fatal crashes on BC highways and these incidents demonstrate how we are making our highways safer together.
(ICBC: 2016-2020 5-year average)
Cpl. Mike HalskovMedia Relations Officer
BC Highway Patrol
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