(Central Saanich Police / Twitter)

One driver had their vehicle impounded and received some hefty fines on Tuesday, after Central Saanich Police caught them speeding excessively on the Pat Pay Highway.

The driver was pulled over after Central Saanich Police clocked their speed at 122 km/h in an 80 km/hr zone. Officers also found that the driver was unlicensed at the time.

As a result, their vehicle was impounded and they received $644 in fines due to the offences.

Central Saanich Police remind the public that just because there is less traffic on the roads recently, that is not an excuse to speed.

This incident comes not long after another on May 10, when Saanich Police impounded two for excessive speed within 50 minutes of each other on Willis Point Road.

According to Saanich Police, excessive speeding is on the rise, largely due to emptier roads amid COVID-19.

Nearly 40 drivers were pulled over by Saanich Police between March and April for excessive speeding, which is defined as more than 40 km/h over the posted speed limit.

Police departments across B.C. have teamed up with ICBC for a month-long High-Risk Driving Campaign focused on drivers who aren’t adhering to speed limits.

“Stats have shown a trend in excessive speeding,” said Const. Markus Anastasiades, public information officer for the Saanich Police Department.