Don’t use quiet roads like race tracks

Burnaby

2020-05-06 12:50 PDT

Two drivers caught going over double the speed limit on Burnaby Mountain, another driver speeding through Burnaby at 113 km/h in a 50 zone; these drivers are just some examples of those who have been hit with excessive speeding tickets in the last two weeks in Burnaby.

While statistics relating to drivers caught speeding through Burnaby has not changed too much, unfortunately, the number of those who think quieter roads resemble race tracks has.

When comparing statistics from March and April in 2019 to the same period in 2020, there has been a small increase in those caught speeding (213 in 2019, 215 in 2020). However when we break down those statistics for excessive speed, the number has more than doubled; eight in 2019 versus 21 in 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in less cars and more families on our roads which means we have to be extra cautious when driving, says Corporal Mike Kalanj, Media Relations Officer with Burnaby RCMP. What we’re asking is pretty simple, stay within the speed limit and let’s make sure everyone makes it home safe.

This week saw the launch of a month long ICBC campaign, asking everyone to please slow down. According to ICBC, on average 92 people are killed in speed-related crashes each year, 26 of those in the Lower Mainland.

More information on the ICBC campaign can be found here.

 

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