Police catch two breakneck speeders in one morning on Malahat

Police warning drivers that officers will be out cracking down on speeding.

People who speed on the Malahat are risking their lives and the lives of others, police say.

Officers with the Integrated Road Safety Unit caught two motorists speeding excessively on the morning of July 31, on a highway known for its windy curves and occasional serious crashes.

A 57-year-old man from Cobble Hill was caught driving his motorcycle at 132 km/h in the 80 km/h zone on the Bamberton Hill section of the highway, heading towards the Split Rock look out.

Police say the man, who had been stopped for speeding on the same stretch of road earlier this year, was charged with excessive speeding and issued a fine of $368. His motorcycle was impounded for seven days.

Later that morning, police pulled over a 19-year-old man with a Novice (N) sign driving 130 km/h in the 80 km/h zone near Goldstream Park. The Nanaimo teen’s Chevrolet truck was impounded for seven days and he was issued an excessive speeding ticket of $368.

Because he is a Novice driver, the man’s licence status will also be reviewed by the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles.

Police are asking people to slow down on the Malahat, and all roads, and are warning drivers that officers will be out cracking down on speeding.

“This type of aggressive driving on a windy, very busy highway is a recipe for disaster. Motorists need to remember that this highway is not designed for these types of high speeds and can easily lead to a catastrophic crash,” unit Staff Sgt. Frank Wright said in a press release. “We will continue to aggressively enforce the speed limit on the Malahat and remove dangerous drivers from the highway.”

kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

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