Since January, police have recorded more than 114 excessive speeding incidents compared to 78 by this time in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Since January, police have recorded more than 114 excessive speeding incidents compared to 78 by this time in 2019. (Black Press Media file photo)

Six more speeders stuck with tickets in Saanich as excessive speeding spike continues

Police report nearly 115 excessive speeding incidents in 2020 so far

Saanich police are reminding drivers to watch their speed as six more speeders are facing fines and the annual total of excessive speeders in the District nears 115.

On Friday, July 17, members of the Saanich police traffic safety unit were on the lookout for speeders near Carey Road and Douglas Street. Six motorists were caught during the mid-day police road watch exceeding the speed limit by more than 30 km/h.

READ ALSO: Saanich police see spike in excessive speeding compared to previous years

Saanich police have noted a spike in speeding and excessive speeding – driving more than 40 km/h over the posted speed limit – in 2020. Const. Markus Anastasiades, public information officer for the Saanich Police Department, has previously speculated that cause could be the “allure of the open road” as there have been fewer drivers out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since January, police have recorded more than 114 excessive speeding incidents compared to 78 by this time in 2019, Anastasiades explained.

READ ALSO: Safety audit of Saanich’s Prospect Lake Road greenlights traffic calming, speed-reduction measures

In June, police saw fewer excessive speeders – 11 were ticketed that month – and were hopeful that this was indicative of the end of the speeding trend, but 11 more have already been caught in the first 14 days of July.

“We’re still seeing [excessive speeders] and that’s unfortunate,” Anastasiades said, adding that high speeds are proven to increase the potential for “serious injury or death.”

He emphasized that Saanich police are continuing to monitor the roads and enforce speed limits throughout the municipality over the summer “to increase road safety for all users.”

READ ALSO: Driver slapped with $483 ticket for excessive speeding in Saanich construction zone

Drivers are reminded that speeding tickets come with hefty fines ranging from $138 to $483 depending on the driver’s speed, three penalty points on the driver’s license and, sometimes, a vehicle impound.


@devonscarlett
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

devon.bidal@saanichnews.com

Saanich Police Department

Just Posted

Carey Newman resigned from the Greater Victoria School District’s Indigenous Ad Hoc Committee May 13, citing ‘a pattern of systemic racism.’ (Black Press Media file photo)
‘Pattern of systemic racism’: SD61 Indigenous committee member resigns, calls for change

More than 350 people had added their names in support by midday Friday

The woman also received distracted driving tickets in 2018 and 2019. (Black Press File Photo)
Oak Bay driver gets third distracted driving ticket in four years

Officer caught the woman using her phone while at the wheel

The buildings commonly known as the White Barn (just of the left, behind the building with the sign) and the Hay Barn, still standing May 3, are slated to come down from the former Woodwynn Farms site in Central Saanich now under ownership of the Tsartlip First Nation. (Wolfgang Depner/News Staff)
Tsartlip First Nation plans to use former Woodwynn Farms property for cattle ranching

First Nation also plans to restock Hagen Creek with salmon

The Greater Victoria School District continues to face backlash over its wording and approach to Indigenous learners in its 2021-2022 budget talks. (Black Press Media file photo)
School district’s approach to Indigenous learners leaves Victoria teachers ‘disgusted’

Backlash grows over ‘pattern of colonial thinking permeating the leadership’

Commonwealth Place recreation centre was shut down before 8 a.m. on Friday following a power outage. (Saanich Parks, Recreation and Community Services/Twitter)
Saanich Commonwealth Place closed due to power outage, outdoor classes still running

Indoor classes, programs at pool and weight room halted

Daily confirmed COVID-19 cases reported to B.C. public health, seven-day rolling average in white, to May 12, 2021. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. preparing ‘Restart 2.0’ from COVID-19 as June approaches

Daily infections fall below 500 Friday, down to 387 in hospital

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of May 11

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Bradley Priestap in an undated photo provided to the media some time in 2012 by the London Police Service.
Serial sex-offender acquitted of duct tape possession in B.C. provincial court

Ontario sex offender on long-term supervision order was found with one of many ‘rape kit’ items

Rich Coleman, who was responsible for the gaming file off and on from 2001 to 2013, was recalled after his initial testimony to the Cullen Commission last month. (Screenshot)
Coleman questioned over $460K transaction at River Rock during B.C. casinos inquiry

The longtime former Langley MLA was asked about 2011 interview on BC Almanac program

Steven Shearer, <em>Untitled. </em>(Dennis Ha/Courtesy of Steven Shearer)
Vancouver photographer’s billboards taken down after complaints about being ‘disturbing’

‘Context is everything’ when it comes to understanding these images, says visual art professor Catherine Heard

Trina Hunt's remains were found in the Hope area on March 29. Her family is asking the public to think back to the weekend prior to when she went missing. (Photo courtesy of IHIT.)
Cousin of missing woman found in Hope says she won’t have closure until death is solved

Trina Hunt’s family urges Hope residents to check dashcam, photos to help find her killer

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam listens to a question during a news conference, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Restrictions will lift once 75% of Canadians get 1 shot and 20% are fully immunized, feds say

Federal health officials are laying out their vision of what life could look like after most Canadians are vaccinated against COVID-19

Police are at Ecole Mount Prevost Elementary but the students have been evacuated. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Gardener finds buried explosives, sparking evacuation of Cowichan school

Students removed from school in an ‘abundance of caution’

Most Read