Two North Okanagan novice drivers learned an expensive lesson.
Do 40 km/hour more than the posted speed limit and not only will the driver be fined, but their vehicle – whether it has two wheels or four wheels – will be impounded.
The RCMP’s North Okanagan Traffic Services (NOTS) unit continues to encounter motorists speeding excessively.
On May 29, two motorists had their vehicles impounded for seven days, in addition to excessive speeding fines, and, in both cases, the drivers were classified as novice.
“One was travelling in the rain at 148 km/h in a 90-zone,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “The second one was on a motorcycle traveling at 170 km/h in a 90-zone. That, of course, is nearly double the posted limit.”
The driver of the vehicle travelling at 148 km/h was fined $368 along with the impound.
The motorcyclist, clocked at 80 km/h more than the posted limit, was fined $480 along with the impound.
B.C.’s speeding law compels police to impound vehicles that are travelling more than 40 km/h over the posted limit.
Molendyk said patrols targeting high-risk driving behavior will continue by the NOTS unit.