It seems to be in the news every other day, lately - someone on Alberta's highways is arrested for completely disregarding and defying posted speed limits.
Wednesday night, members of the Calgary Police Service pulled over a man on a motorcycle going almost twice the speed limit on Deerfoot Trail.
According to CPS, members spotted a man in his mid-20s merge southbound onto Deerfoot Trail from 16 Avenue N.E. and pick up speed by dodging cars and weaving in and out of traffic.
The driver hit speeds of close to 200 km/hr, before he was pulled over near 17 Ave. S.E.
"All it would have taken was one lane change" and things could have ended horribly for the driver, Duty Inspector Paul Stacey told the Calgary Herald.
The driver had his bike seized for 24 hours and is also charged with dangerous driving.
It's hard to quantify whether that kind of behaviour is becoming more common place across Alberta or whether people have lost their patience for it, the provincial minister of transportation told CBC on Thursday.
What is for certain is that Albertans are fed up with speeders and the consequences being discussed by police chiefs and government officials may not sit well with accused speed demons, McIver told the Calgary Eye Opener.
“Albetans are fed up with people who are reckless and endanger them because they think it’s a fun thing to do,” he told the CBC call-in show.
“There have been discussion here lately … largely through the media, but not only the media, but through police chiefs in Edmonton and Calgary, about putting more strict penalties and consequences in place and the big issue that seems to be getting people’s attention is taking people’s automobiles,” he said.
“We’re considering these things … and the chiefs are pushing for it.”
Many Albertans are calling for the immediate seizure of vehicles.
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This is the second time this week someone has been nabbed going over 200 km/h on that stretch of highway. On Sunday, police pulled over a driver pushing 214 km/h near Innisfail.
Meanwhile, speeding in Edmonton is also beginning to be more than just another policing irritant for law enforcement.
Sgt. Barry Maron, from the Edmonton Police Service traffic section, told the Edmonton Journal what he calls super speeders are becoming the norm not the anomaly and believes police should at least have the ability to issue licence suspensions.
“It’s somewhat frustrating to EPS members, when they stop somebody for 50 or 100 kilometres over the limit, write them the ticket and watch them drive away,” Maron told the Journal.
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“It just doesn’t seem right somehow.”
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