Mom teaches child to speed excessively on an Okanagan highway

Police found a mother presiding over their child's driving lessons at 50 km/h over the limit.

  • Mar. 9, 2015 5:00 a.m.

Most parents don’t let their children roar way over the speed limit when they’re learning to drive, but there’s always an exception to the rule.

The Kelowna Integrated Road Safety Unit spent a few hours in the southbound lanes on Highway 97 between Oyama and Winfield Sunday afternoon and caught a number of speed happy drivers, including one pair that left them shaking their heads.

A vehicle sporting an L sign was driving more than 50 km/h over the 100 km/h limit, prompting police to pull it over. When they did, they found a mother presiding over their child’s lessons, said Const. Kris Clark, noting they got a ticket and the car was impounded.

Speeds that that high significantly impair the ability to stop or navigate when trouble arises,  Clark pointing out the problem.

In addition to the speedy family, Mounties issued eight tickets for excessive speeding with vehicle impound, including three N drivers.

There were also two violations for other offenses, six  warnings for defective vehicles—with problems like burnt out lights and problem windshields.

Last weekend was no different when the Central Okanagan Traffic Services conducted enforcement for a similar period of time on Saturday morning on Dobbin Road at Hebert Road.

They issued 38 speeding tickets one excessive speed with vehicle impound, one  marijuana seizure one 90-day immediate roadside prohibition, two vehicles with no insurance, one prohibited driver, two occupants with no seatbelts, two disobey traffic device tickets,  nine warnings for defective vehicles and two tickets for failure to display an “N.”

“As the weather gets better, we often see speeds increase which dramatically affects the safety of all road users,” says Cpl Joe Duncan, spokesperson for the Kelowna RCMP. “Please slow down, obey all road signs, and help us all get to our destinations safely.” Excessive speeding carries fines of $368 to $483 as well as a mandatory minimum seven-day vehicle impound.

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