Saanich police issue ticket to driver clocked at 144 km/h in an 80 zone

Saanich police clocked a vehicle going more than 60 kilometres an hour over the limit on the Patricia Bay Highway on Monday night.

Elevated fines for excessive speeding kick in at 40 km/h above the limit.

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Saanich police said it had just started to rain when the ticket was issued. The driver explained that he thought he was travelling “only” 125 km/h at the time, but he was actually clocked at 144 in an 80 km/h zone.

That earned him a $483 speeding ticket and a seven-day impound of his vehicle.

Saanich police Const. Markus Anastasiades said another driver was pulled over on the same stretch of highway — between Haliburton Road and Sayward Road — on New Year’s Day for going 179 km/h — almost 100 km/h over the limit.

Police often patrol the area, which features a long, straight stretch of road, Anastasiades said.

Victoria police also had their share of traffic issues Monday, issuing 23 tickets for distracted driving — most of them for using an electronic device, which carries a base fine of $368. Other offences like no insurance and speeding were also found.

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