WATCH: A group of Saanich moms get busted for smoking a joint after dropping their kids off and then driving over the speed limit in a school zone. Monica Martinez reports.
Back to school can be a fun time for kids and their parents, but a group of moms in Saanich took the celebration a little too far, getting busted for smoking a joint after dropping their kids off and then speeding in a school zone.
It was through a routine traffic enforcement at Spectrum and Marigold schools, that Sgt. John Price flagged a driver going over the 30 km/hr speed limit.
“As soon as she rolled down her window, it was pretty evident the people in that car or the driver herself had been smoking a joint prior to being stopped by me,” said the Saanich Police Traffic Safety Officer.
The driver had dropped her child off at school earlier that morning, and it was what she said next that took even police by surprise.
“She did respond and admit to smoking a joint. She tried to excuse it away by saying that she and some of the other moms this morning had a celebratory joint celebrating that the kids are back in school,” Price said.
Police reprimanded her for speeding through a school zone while high and subjected her to a series of sobriety tests.
“She was not deemed impaired by that drug. She did show some signs of intoxication but not enough for us to take her car or charge her criminally.”
Price said speeding in a school zone is a serious issue.
A child hit by a car travelling 50 km/hr has an 80 per cent chance of dying, while a child hit by a car travelling 30 km/hr has an 80 per cent chance of survival.
While the mom’s excuse may be comical, the behaviour is no laughing matter.
“There’s nothing funny about driving through a school zone over the posted speed limit and under the influence of a narcotic or intoxicant,” Sgt. Price said.
The school zone speed limit of 30 km/hr is in effect 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday while school is in session. There will be heavy enforcement throughout September.