Less than a week apart, two drivers caught cruising more than double the speed limit on a coastal road in Oak Bay are out hundreds of dollars in fines.
On Sunday, June 26th, police officers conducting speed enforcement along Beach Drive pulled over a 35-year-old motorcyclist travelling 108 km/h in a 40 km/h zone.
The driver was issued a $483 violation ticket for Excessive Speed, and his motorcycle was impounded for seven days, according to Oak Bay Police.
It followed a similar incident just days prior, further suggesting that motorists often mistake the popular road for a speedway.
On Wednesday, June 22nd, an 18-year-old driver also on Beach Drive was clocked at 107 km/h in a 40 km/h zone.
Police say the driver was pulled over and issued a $483 violation ticket for Excessive Speed before his vehicle was impounded for seven days.
Pointing to speeding fines and points, ICBC says speeding is a “major contributing factor” to car crash fatalities in BC.
“It’s not worth the risk to yourself, and to others,” said ICBC, noting Vancouver Island sees around 12 people killed in speed-related crashes every year.
“The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop—and the more dangerous a crash can be. So slow down and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.”
Hit and run leads to drunk driver
On Monday, June 20th, Oak Bay Police say they received a report of a hit and run in the 500-block of Beach Drive, near Kitty Islet.
“A vehicle struck a parked car with such force that it pushed the parked vehicle into the bushes,” Oak Bay Police said in a news release.
As officers searched for the suspect vehicle, they located an unrelated vehicle on the shoulder of the road about a kilometre from the collision.
The driver, a 20-year-old woman, showed signs of consuming alcohol, prompting an impaired driving investigation. After issuing a 90-day driving prohibition, police say her vehicle was impounded for 30 days.