Speed demons pay the price on long weekend
RCMP had praise for most long weekend drivers but a few speed demons paid the price for excess velocity and common sense shortage.
Ten speedsters made the RCMP’s rogue’s row of drivers who blew at least 50 km/h past posted speed limits. Topping the list was one death-wish-making motorcyclist clocked at 235 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Hwy 762 near Turner Valley.
A Calgary man also joined the 200 km/h club, by speeding down the Bow Valley corridor at 212 km/h. His membership came with charges of dangerous, speeding and careless driving and a future court date.
In Central Alberta, a 46-year-old male Corvette driver was pulled over for blasting 70 km/h past the posted 110 km/h speed limit on Hwy 2 near Ponoka.
RCMP Supt. Howard Eaton said despite the usual speeding suspects, the integrated traffic units that were out in force on the last long weekend of the summer were generally happy with how most people were driving.
“We were actually quite pleased with the overall statistics,” said Eaton, who is charge of traffic services for K Division.
Sadly, three people lost their lives in road accidents in the province. But that is down from a September long weekend average of eight.
There were 47 impaired driver charges laid by several dozen officers in the five integrated traffic enforcement units and about 5,100 traffic tickets — both about average.
Besides the obvious danger to themselves and those around them, driving more than 50 km/h over the speed limit face hefty fines and an automatic appearance before a judge, who can hand out fines up to $2,000.
“I know they are a pretty good whack,” said Eaton, of the fines handed out, saying $500 to $600 dings are not unusual.
Many drivers also face other charges such as dangerous driving, which can mean jail time.
B.C. has upped the ante for extreme speeders by giving police the power to seize vehicles for up to seven days for those who drive more than 50 km/h too fast.
The Alberta Chiefs of Police Association has called for a similar move in this province.
Other speeding low lights include:
• 36-year-old man caught going 181 km/h on motorcycle on Hwy 2 near Carstairs.
• 24-year-old man caught driving motorcycle at 177 km/h on Hwy 2 near Crossfield.
• Calgary man driving 192 in Bow Valley corridor. Charged with dangerous driving, speeding and careless driving.
• Vancouver man driving 180 km/h same area and same charges as above.
• Calgary man caught going 166 km/h in same area. Facing charges of driving while prohibited, possession of drugs, possession of a prohibited weapon, speeding and careless driving. Female passenger charged with possession of drugs.
• Fort McMurray man caught going 163 km/h in same area. Charged vwith speeding and careless driving.
• Two Edmonton drivers charged with going 150 km/h in same area. Charged with racing on a highway, speeding and careless driving.