Police target high speed

Motorists are burning up a stretch of Highway 97 in Lake Country and that has the police taking action

Motorists are burning up a stretch of Highway 97 in Lake Country and that has the police taking action.

The RCMP have been conducting traffic enforcement on the upper-level route between Oyama and Winfield since it was opened last year, but the 100-kilometre-an-hour speed limit continues to be ignored in many cases.

“That doesn’t seem to be fast enough for some motorists as police have been busy dealing with excessive speeders,” said Const. Kris Clark, RCMP spokesperson.

Between June 24 and July 24, police officers handed out 26 violation tickets for excessive speeding.

Fifteen of the speeders were travelling 50 to 60 kilometres an hour above the posted speed limit while five were travelling 60 to 70 km/h above the limit.

“One was travelling in excess of 70 km/h above the limit,” said Clark.

“Drivers aged 17 to 78 showed that some motorists, regardless of age or experience, choose to jeopardize the safety of others just to shave a few minutes off their drive.”

Excessive speeding carries a fine of $368 to $483 as well as a mandatory minimum seven-day vehicle impound.