Coquitlam Mounties are letting the public know it’s not just their cruisers roaming around that are looking for lead-footed drivers.
Shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Sunday (May 16), one of the local RCMP’s motorcycles was equipped with radar and clocked in an excessively speeding Ford Fusion at 130 km/h along Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam.
That’s 70 km/h over the 60 km/h posted limit.
As a result, when the vehicle was pulled over near the Coast Meridian intersection, it immediately received a seven-day impoundment.
According to Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson Const. Deanna Law, the detachment has three motorcycles and two include specially designed multi-directional radar units.
It was the first use of the mounted system on this specific bike, which proved more than helpful in catching this particular speeder.
“The device can radar traffic that is oncoming or behind the motorcycle,” explained Law in a statement to Tri-City News. “The motorcycle radar is the exact device that have been mounted in our patrol cars.”
She added that the other motorcycle’s radar system has been in place for one year. No immediate stats were available as of this publication (May 20).
RED-LIGHT CAMERA REMINDER
Two years ago, B.C. implemented tweaks to its 140 red-light cameras to enhance efforts in catching speeders in local communities.
This includes two in the Tri-Cities, one of which is located at the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Shaughnessy Street, one block west of where the Ford Fusion was impounded on Sunday.
The other is set up further west along the Barnet Highway at its intersection with Mariner Way by the Coquitlam Centre mall.
Between January and March this year, 35 active red-light cameras in B.C. led to nearly 23,500 tickets issued, 44% of which were for speeding.
According to the province, the highest speeding ticket was issued for a vehicle that clocked at 181 km/h in a 60 zone.