Saanich police stopped six speeders between May 8 and 10 – just days after the provincial high-risk driving campaign kicked off. (Saanich Police Traffic Safety Unit/Twitter)

Six speeders caught in Saanich days after B.C. high-risk driving campaign kicks off

Saanich police crack down after spike in excessive speeding

Some Saanich drivers don’t seem to care that May is high-risk driving awareness month.

Over the second weekend of May, Saanich police stopped six drivers for speeding, said Const. Markus Anastasiades, public information officer for the Saanich Police Department.

READ ALSO: Provincial high-risk driving campaign kicks off with speed watch in Saanich

On Friday, May 8, two excessive speeders were ticketed and had their vehicles impounded for seven days, he said.

Excessive speeding – driving more than 40 km/hr over the posted speed limit – can land drivers with tickets ranging from $368 to $483 along with three penalty points on their license, a tow fee and a week’s worth of impound storage charges.

While no speeders were spotted Saturday, four drivers were caught travelling over the speed limit on Sunday, Anastasiades said. Two were caught on Willis Point Road, one in the 1400-block of McKenzie Avenue and the fourth in a construction zone on the Trans-Canada Highway.

On May 7, Saanich police kicked off a month-long initiative focused on high-risk driving in partnership with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) and other police departments across B.C. This year, the High-Risk Driving Campaign is focused on speeding.

READ ALSO: Saanich police slap 22 drivers with excessive speeding fines in April

Data shows a recent spike in excessive speeding in the District, Anastasiades said, noting that nearly 40 drivers were stopped for speeding throughout March and April.

Speeding is the number one contributing factor in fatal collisions, ICBC road safety and community coordinator Colleen Woodger explained. She said the goal of the campaign is to spend the month educating B.C. drivers about the risks associated with high-risk driving – speeding, distracted driving, aggressive lane changes, impaired driving – and enforcing road safety laws.


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