‘N’ driver busted doing 163 km/h on Pat Bay

“The speed which this young man was driving is unbelievable. At that speed your reaction time to an impending collision is greatly reduced to fractions of seconds,” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

  • Aug. 24, 2011 3:00 p.m.

A young driver who still needs the novice ‘N’ magnet displayed whenever he drives, was clocked travelling 163 km/h in an 80 zone Tuesday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m., the 18-year-old was travelling southbound on the Pat Bay Highway toward McKenzie Avenue, where a Saanich police officer was conducting speed enforcement. The officer said he could hear the oncoming vehicle speeding toward him long before he could see it.

“The speed which this young man was driving is unbelievable. At that speed your reaction time to an impending collision is greatly reduced to fractions of seconds,” says Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

The Saanich teen’s mom’s car – a 1993 Lexus – was impounded. The driver was issued a $483 excessive speeding ticket and his parents had to come pick him up.

kslavin@saanichnews.com