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Unsupervised Coquitlam 'L' driver — caught 113 in a 60 km/h zone — receives four-month ban

The Class 7L driver didn't have a qualified supervising passenger, which also resulted in the impoundment of their vehicle.
On Sept. 16, 2022, Coquitlam RCMP impounded a vehicle during a speed enforcement check after it clocked 113 km/h in a 60 zone.

Coquitlam RCMP is hoping several weeks away from the wheel will help a new driver fully understand the rules of the road.

An "L" driver received a four-month driving prohibition after they were caught nearly double the posted speed limit through a business warehouse area of the city.

Mounties clocked the driver excessively speeding to 113 km/h near the intersection of United Boulevard and Shuswap Avenue — a designated 60 km/h zone — while conducting traffic enforcement last Friday (Sept. 16).

Police said the driver also didn't have their "L" properly and visibly displayed on their grey Honda Accord.

And they didn't have a qualified supervisor inside.

All of the above culminated into the four-month prohibition, as well as the impoundment of the driver's vehicle and an excessive speeding ticket.

The amount was not disclosed, but can range between $368 and $483.

"According to the BC MVA [Motor Vehicle Act], an 'L' driver must have a suitable adult passenger to supervise their driving abilities," explained Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Alexa Hodgins in a statement to the Tri-City News.

The BCMVA states a Class 7L driver can not operate a vehicle unless there's an adult passenger aged 25 and older with a valid licence inside.

As well, the supervisor must be either in the front passenger seat or in the backseat on the right-hand side.

ICBC recorded nine crashes that involved injury or fatality took place at United Boulevard and Shuswap Avenue between 2017 and 2021.

As well, a total of 116 minor or major collisions occurred along that same arterial road between Golden Drive and the Mary Hill Bypass (7B).

On average, ICBC's latest statistics available show 27 people died each year between 2016 and 2020 in a fatal crash involving a speeding vehicle.