An alleged street racing event in Greater Victoria earlier this month ended in police presence, leaving officers to issue numerous violation tickets and impound vehicles.
According to BC Highway Patrol (BCHP), its CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit was patrolling the West Shore on Friday, Sept. 2, when a resident told officers about a large gathering of cars and motorcycles.
“The citizen believed some of the vehicles may become involved in street racing or other Motor Vehicle Act offences,” BCHP said in a news release.
Officers then conducted enforcement in the area, issuing 80 violation tickets and impounding two vehicles for excessive speed, according to police.
“I am a car and motorcycle enthusiast and enjoy seeing the pride people have in their vehicles,” said Staff Sgt. Adam Tallboy, acting commander of BCHP Vancouver Island.
“Sadly, a small number of the people attending these types of events engage in dangerous driving behaviour,” added Tallboy.
“BC Highway Patrol will continue working with our partner agencies to [monitor] events such as this to ensure public safety while allowing people to enjoy their passion for vehicles.”
In the release, BCHP reminds those behind the wheel that road safety “is a shared responsibility among police, ICBC, RoadSafetyBC and you, the everyday driver” and urges people to “make good decisions” when driving.