Nanaimo RCMP says officers were left shaking their heads pulling over drivers going way over the posted speed limit on Highway 19 Monday morning.

Traffic officers conducted laser speed enforcement at Ware Road between 6:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. and issued seven excessive speeding tickets within that time.

With a posted speed limit of 80 kilometres-per-hour in that location, the lowest pace of the seven excessive speeders was 125 km/h, and the highest was travelling at 148 km/h, nearly 70 km/h over the limit.

“Drivers need to get the message – speed continues to be one of the leading causes of fatal car crashes on B.C. streets and highways,” said Nanaimo RCMP Constable Gary O’Brien in a release.

“Our members are doing their part and the motoring public should not be surprised to see continued speed enforcement throughout the month of May and summer months.”

Nanaimo RCMP says the officers were positioned at Ware Road along Highway 19 because of recent collisions where speed was the likely contributor to the seriousness of injuries at that site.

Vehicles pulled over were towed away for a minimum seven-day impoundment.