Saanich police stopped and ticketed a driver doing more than double the school zone speed limit near Campus View Elementary on Thursday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Impaired driver stopped for excessive speeding in Saanich school zone on students’ first day back

Driver slapped with a $368 ticket, 90-day driving ban and month-long vehicle impound

A driver caught doing more than double the school zone speed limit near Campus View Elementary on Thursday now faces a hefty fine and a 90-day driving prohibition.

On Sept. 10, as many students across B.C. made their way back to classrooms, the Saanich Police Department’s traffic safety unit was out reminding drivers to slow down to 30 km/h in school zones or face the consequences.

At around 2:15 p.m., an officer conducting speed enforcement in the 3900-block of Gordon Head Road – near Campus View Elementary – clocked the driver of a black pick-up truck going 76 km/h in the 30 km/h zone. After pulling the driver over and smelling alcohol, the officer conducted a roadside breathalyzer test, which the driver failed.

READ ALSO: 76-year-old heat record broken in Victoria

Police issued a $368 ticket for excessive speeding – driving more than 40 km/h over the posted limit– a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and impounded the truck for 30 days.

Const. Markus Anastasiades, public information officer for the Saanich Police Department, noted the emphasis is on student safety this week as kids are walking, cycling and driving back to class. To see excessive speeding and impaired driving on the first day was a shocking and disappointing discovery.

“The decisions of this driver were careless and could have resulted in consequences far beyond fines, points or impounds.”


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

backtoschoolSaanich Police Departmentspeed limits

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Oak Bay couple honoured for 35 years volunteering

Mayor awards distinguished Oak Leaf to Bert and Doris Dinsmore

Meet the Liberal candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Roxanne Helme about ‘governance, not politics’

Hospital foundation president praises generosity of Peninsula residents

Karen Morgan said support during COVID-19, financial and otherwise, has been touching

New Democrats on Saanich Peninsula still looking to announce candidate

While BC Liberals have nominated Stephen Roberts, New Democrats have not yet announced candidate

UPDATED: West Shore RCMP locate dangerous, ‘high-risk sex offender’ thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

POLL: Do you agree with the decision to call a provincial election for Oct. 24?

British Columbians will put their social distancing skills to the test when… Continue reading

Canadian ski resorts wrestle with pandemic-vs.-profit dilemma as COVID-19 persists

Few are actually restricting the total number of skiers they allow on the hill

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Most Read