BCHP Stops Driver for Excessive Speeding

B.C., Traffic Patrol, Road Safety Unit, BC Highway Patrol

2023-03-27 12:48 PDT

File # BCHP Chemainus 2023-482

BCHP Stops Driver for Excessive Speeding

On the evening of March 16, 2023, an alert Officer of BC Highway Patrol Chemainus observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed Westbound on Highway 18 near Lake Cowichan, BC. The officer established that the vehicle was traveling at 194 km/h, almost double the speed limit in this posted 100 km/h zone.

Radar speed reading of 194 km/h

Unknown to the speeder, he was quickly approaching yet another BC Highway Patrol Chemainus Officer, who had already been alerted. The second Officer established that the driver was traveling at 191 km/h in a posted 100 km/h zone. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a twenty-year old local resident with a Novice driver’s licence was apprehended under the Mental Health Act and transported to a local hospital.

Cst. Mike Infanti, of BC Highway Patrol Chemainus states, The Cowichan Valley Highway (Hwy 18) usually has wildlife, such as elk, on or in close proximity to the roadway that become a visual distraction or something nobody wants to hit, especially in the dark.

The vehicle was impounded for 7 days, and the driver was issued multiple violation tickets including excessive speed.

Cst. Infanti also stated, Thankfully this young man did not get to meet one of these animals or any other obstacles prior to police meeting up with him.

Being that March is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, BC Highway Patrol and other Police agencies across the province have been stepping up enforcement of dangerous distracted driving behaviours, which can include excessive speeding if your undivided attention isn’t focused on safe driving. 

BC Highway Patrol

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Cst. Mike Moore
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BC Highway Patrol
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Office: 778-290-5761
Fax: 778-290-6071

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