A lead-footed B.C. driver will be heading to court after he was clocked going 205 km/h on Highway 2 near Innisfail.
Members of the Alberta Sheriff Highway Patrol were doing routine traffic enforcement when their photo radar picked up the speeding Toyota Scion at about 9 p.m. on Sept. 15.
It hit 205 km/h as it was passing a semi truck and trailer that was travelling about 100 km/h in the right lane.
“Because the vehicle was travelling 95 km/h above the highway’s posted speed limit of 110 km/h, officers pulled the vehicle over and conducted a traffic stop,” said the sheriffs on their Facebook page.
The 21-year-old driver from B.C. was given a ticket for exceeding the speed limit and now has a mandatory court date in Red Deer in March 2021.
Sheriffs warn that speeding drivers put themselves, their passengers and other vehicle occupants on the road at risk.
According to Alberta Transportation data from 2017 (the most recent year available), more than 25 per cent of fatal collisions involved a motorist who was driving at an unsafe speed – either exceeding the posted speed limit, or going too fast for road conditions.
Motorists ticketed for exceeding the posted speed limit by more than 50 km/h receive an automatic court summons.
The maximum penalty upon conviction is a $2,000 fine or six months in jail, or both. A conviction also carries six demerit points and the court also has an option to suspend the offender’s licence.