‘Targeted enforcement’ helps Oak Bay police nab 5 excessive speeders in 5 days

Newport Avenue near Beach Drive, where many excessive speeders are stopped in Oak Bay, is pictured.

While speeders in Oak Bay are nothing new, the police department says it saw a rash of excessive speeders last week.

From Oct. 10 to Oct. 14, five drivers were stopped and their vehicles were impounded for a week due to travelling more than double the posted speed limit.

The first speeder was stopped around 9 p.m. on Oct. 10 near the intersection of Beach Drive and Newport Avenue.

The 21-year-old driver was reportedly travelling 82 km/h in a 40 km/h zone.

The next day, two excessive speeders were also pulled over, one in the early morning hours and one in the evening.

The first driver, a 47-year-old man, was stopped at 12:57 a.m. near the intersection of Lansdowne Road and Henderson Road for travelling 84 km/h in a 40 km/h zone.

The second driver was stopped around 7 p.m. along Beach Drive and Newport Avenue.

Police say the 27-year-old driver in this case was travelling 86 km/h in a 40 km/h zone when he was ticketed.

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The fourth excessive driver of the week, a 23-year-old man, was also stopped at Beach Drive and Newport Avenue on Oct. 12.

Police say he was spotted travelling 81 km/h in a 40 km/h zone around 9 p.m.

Finally, on Oct. 14, a fifth excessive speeder was pulled over at the intersection of Beach Drive and King George Terrace around 12:30 a.m.

Police say the 20-year-old driver was travelling a whopping 100 km/h in the 40 km/h zone.

All of the five drivers were handed a $368 fine and had their cars impounded for a week.

Oak Bay Police Chief Mark Fisher says that as of Friday, the police department has issued 37 excessive speeding tickets since the start of 2023.

“We are continuing with targeted enforcement efforts in the areas where we continue to see a problem such as the Beach Drive and Newport area,” he said in a statement.

“We have seen improvements in the Cedar Hill Cross Road and the Foul Bay Road areas recently due to the increased enforcement,” said Fisher.

Adam Chan

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