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BC Highway Patrol crackdown catches drivers hitting ridiculously excessive speeds

A collage of some of the drivers fined by BC Highway Patrol over the May long weekend.
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Members of the RCMP's highway patrol in BC caught drivers going more than double the speed limit over the May long weekend.

The officers cracked down on dangerous drivers with the "Drive to Arrive" enforcement initiative focusing on excessive speeding, aggressive driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving, according to an RCMP media release.

Officers handed out more than 2,830 tickets to speeders, racers, and prohibited drivers over the weekend.

“Drivers should expect enhanced enforcement operations throughout the summer season as we continue to focus on high-risk and impaired drivers,” the highway patrol’s Cpl. Melissa Jongema said in the release.

BC Highway Patrol put out a list of some of the highest speeds caught by officers.

These drivers got a fine between $363 to $483 and had their vehicles impounded for seven days: a Ferrari going 143 km/h in an 80 km/h zone, a Chrysler going 128 km/h in a 60 km/h, a Volkswagen doing 136 km/h in an 80 km/h, two Teslas going 160 km/h in a 90 km/h, a Ford pickup going 110 km/h in a 60 km/h, two street racers doing 130 km/h in a 60 km/h, a BMW doing 185 km/h in a 100 km/h and a Dodge going 208 km/h in a 100 km/h.

Police pulled over 82 impaired drivers and in one case an officer caught an impaired driver while already investigating a different impaired driver. Both drivers were given driving prohibitions and had their cars impounded for 30 days.

"Thank you to the public for reporting high-risk drivers and impaired drivers. We would like to encourage the public to report high-risk driving to police immediately, so we can continue to work together to reduce the number of serious collisions on our highways,” Cpl. Jongema said.

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