Teen driver clocked at 156 km/h in 50 zone near ferries

17-year-old gets large speeding ticket for excessive speeding at BCFerries terminal Monday

Police stopped a truck driving 156 km/h in the 50 km/h zone approaching the Swartz Bay ferry terminal toll booth yesterday, Jan. 23.

Officers from the Capital Regional District’s Integrated Road Safety Unit were on patrol for speeders in the area when they noticed the truck speeding excessively. They tried to stop the Ford F150 on foot but were unsuccessful. They found the vehicle parked a few minutes later at the foot passenger pick up area.

Later, officers found the truck had been driving so fast, it crashed into a concrete median at the terminal.

The 17-year-old male driver, from Saanich, was slapped with a $483 ticket for excessive speeding. The truck, which belongs to his father, was impounded for a week and the Office of the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles will consider reviewing the status of the teen’s driver’s licence.

“This is an example of an inexperienced driver operating a vehicle at a very dangerous speed in an area where foot traffic and other vehicles were present. This is clearly a recipe for disaster,” IRSU Cpl. Ryan Bacica said in a release.

IRSU officers issued 41 tickets to speeders in five hours at the terminal, which was extra busy due to cancelled sailings the day before.

Tickets for excessive speeding of 41 km/h or more start at $368.

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