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Driver caught speeding 106 km/h up hill in 50 zone along this Coquitlam artery

A seven-day impoundment was issued as RCMP warn commuters they'll be looking for more excessive speeders this summer.
Speeding truck Coquitlam RCMP - June 16, 2022
The driver of a truck was caught excessively speeding up hill at more than double the limit along Coquitlam's Austin Avenue — 106 km/h in a 50 zone.

A Coquitlam commuter clocked more than double the posted speed limit earlier this month along one of the city's main routes in broad daylight.

Mounties are warning the public local officers will be cracking down on excessive speedsters as tomorrow (June 21) marks the first official day of summer.

The RCMP's traffic unit recently pulled over a truck driver revving to 106 km/h in a 50 zone at the intersection of Austin Avenue and Walker Street — near the entrance to the Vancouver Golf Club (VGC).

Interestingly, they were caught cruising at the high speed along one of the up-hill sections of the arterial road.

The incident took place around 5 p.m. on June 12.

As a result, the truck was impounded for seven days — the highest police are able to enforce — and an excessive speeding ticket was issued to the driver, which can range between $368 and $483.

Detachment spokesperson Stefanie Price explains commuters can expect more enforcement in the months to come.

"Road Safety is a priority for Coquitlam RCMP," she tells the Tri-City News

"Education and enforcement are utilized to increase road safety, therefore the public can expect enforcement across all areas of our jurisdiction on an ongoing basis."

She adds the decision to impound a vehicle for a longer period of time, if warranted, is up to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles, who can extend the limit to as many as 30 days or more.

And such high speeds can also pose a risk to drivers and pedestrians safety.

There were 1,180 vehicle crashes recorded along Austin Avenue between 2016 and 2020, according to ICBC's latest stats available.

This includes 27 at or near Walker Street.

During the same span, the provincial agency says there were 24 deadly crashes at intersections across the Lower Mainland in 2020.

Speed, including excessive speeding, was a contributing factor to 28 per cent of all forms of collisions in the region in that same year — down from 33 per cent in 2019.

 

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