Huge Malahat speeding crackdown leads to 20 vehicles being impounded
In advance of the Victoria Day long weekend — which is one of the busiest and most dangerous times of the year on B.C. roads — police launched a major crackdown on Malahat speeders.
The enforcement effort, led by the Integrated Road Safety Unit on Thursday morning, led to dozens of tickets being issued.
Even more concerning, upwards of 20 vehicles were impounded for excessive speed.
“Excessive speed being in excess of 45 kilometres over posted speed limit so nobody was going less than 125 kilometres in an 80 zone,” Cst. Andy Dunston of IRSU said.
Police were out early and moved locations, in an effort to reach as many drivers as possible.
Novice driver with no insurance clocked at almost double the speed limit
The worst offender was a novice drive without valid insurance on a motorcycle who was clocked at 152 kilometres — almost double the posted speed limit.
“It is quite overwhelming to see the results that are here today,” says ICBC road safety coordinator Colleen Woodger. “High risk driving is the number one contributing factor to crashes, deaths and injuries on our roads so we need to be more focused on the road and very cognizant of our speed.”
IRSU officers say they’d notice speeds had been in creasing on the Malahat over the past few weeks, posing a serious safety concern.
“The Ministry of Transportation has done some magnificent improvements to the road but people seem to think that allows them to go faster than it’s really engineered for,” Cst. Dunston says. “We can’t suffer the economic loss of road closures and the financial and emotional loss of serious injury collisions and fatalities so we want to try and educate people.”
On average, 1,700 crashes occur on the Victoria Day weekend in B.C., resulting in 500 injuries and three fatalities.