The BC Highway Patrol (BCHP) says officers handed out more than 30 tickets, including 20 for speeding, to drivers following one-day traffic enforcement on the West Shore.
On Friday, Aug. 4, the BCHP Capital Regional District Integrated Road Safety Unit conducted traffic enforcement operations in Langford, where they say members of a local social media group gathered with their vehicles.
These operations resulted in 20 tickets for speeding, eight tickets for illegal vehicle defects, four tickets with vehicle impoundments for excessive speeding and one immediate 90-day roadside prohibition for impaired driving, according to police.
In a news release, BCHP shared a photo of a speed radar gun that caught a driver travelling at 143 km/h in a posted 90 km/h zone. Police say this driver’s vehicle was impounded.
ICBC lists the fines and penalty points for B.C. traffic offences on its website. Excessive speeding, for example, can lead to a $368-$483 fine and three points.
“It was encouraging to see that the vast majority of attendees were law-abiding vehicle enthusiasts,” said BCHP Vancouver Island Staff Sgt. Adam Tallboy, “however, there were a small minority … engaged in behaviour that posed a danger to themselves as well as other road users.”
BCHP is continuing to target high-risk driving behaviour, “so all road users can enjoy their social gatherings safely,” adds Tallboy in a release.
To nab high-risk drivers, police say commuters can expect ongoing traffic enforcement by BCHP and partner agencies throughout August and beyond.