Driver exceeds 160km/h on Westside Road

Police continue to witness dangerous and aggressive driving—even on the worst road in the province.

  • Jul. 4, 2013 2:00 p.m.

Police continue to witness dangerous and aggressive driving—even on the worst road in the province.

Central Okanagan Traffic Services members—with the assistance of RCMP air services—conducted enforcement on Westside Road June 30, targeting high speeds and aggressive driving.

Two motorcycles were observed speeding excessively—the highest at 163 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.

Both motorcycles were impounded for seven days and the drivers were fined under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Another man was stopped for passing illegally and found to be driving while prohibited. His vehicle was impounded and he was released roadside with a future court date.

According to Kelowna RCMP Const. Kris Clark, physics states that the braking distance is proportional to the square of the speed, which means that it increases considerably as speed increases.

“Add in the distance your vehicle travels while you react to that car, pedestrian or unforeseen road obstruction and you dramatically increase your risk of being involved in a casualty crash,” said Clark.

“The higher your speed, the higher your risk of serious injury.”

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