Despite winter conditions, Alberta speeders kept Mounties racing, as several drivers nearly doubled highway speeds this past weekend.
A teen, who later proved to have been drinking, was clocked doing 196 km/h along Hwy. 16 without a license, while a car race near Stony Plain reached speeds of 211 km/h, the RCMP said on Monday.
“Speeds such as these pose a significant risk to the drivers of these vehicles and to other users of the highway,” said RCMP Sgt. Brian Topham.
“RCMP remind motorists to slow down, take into account the recent snowy, winter weather and will continue efforts to apprehend speeders on Alberta Highways.”
Charges were laid after a man and a woman were caught racing along Hwy. 16, approximately three kilometers west of Stony Plain on Friday night, Mounties said.
“They appeared to be traveling together and were running side by side, apparently racing each other. Speeds of 170 km/h and 211 km/h were obtained on the respective vehicles,” said Topham.
“A male from Edmonton and a female from British Columbia have been charged with racing, careless driving and speeding offences. The accused were unknown to each other, having only just met near Jasper.”
The charges come less than two weeks after the Alberta Motor Association reported that 28 people have been killed in road crashes this year so far, up from 16 the same time last year.
Meanwhile, 17-year-old youth was apprehended after he was nabbed going 196 km/h, westbound on Hwy. 16 near Hwy. 44 in his father's vehicle, said Topham.
“He was charged with the speeding offence. In addition he was also charged with failing to produce an operator’s licence, failing to signal a lane change. He also provided a sample on the Alco Sur FST indicating he had been consuming alcohol,” he said.
Also in central Alberta, another driver was clocked doing 170 km/h in a 110 zone, another was caught traveling at 162 km/h in a 110 zone, a third was nabbed doing 160 km/h in a 110 zone, while a third was caught going 135 km/h in an 80 zone, the RCMP integrated traffic unit reported.
Deerfoot Trail, Calgary
It's no surprise that Deerfoot Trail makes it to the list of reckless drivers. With multiple lanes of traffic and people getting late for work, recklessness is a common visitor.
School bus drivers are apparently the worst, Alden Gushnowski told us on Facebook. "It may not seem like much in absolute terms, but they are flying by at 60 km/h when the speed limit is 30 and there are kids walking to school," he says.
McKenzie Towne, Prestwick
People are flying and not looking down the streets in Prestwick, in Calgary's McKenzie Towne, says Lisa on Facebook, where all the kids play!
Lisa Lynn says she's reached 173km/hr going to Brooks from Lethbridge. Eek! A little too fast perhaps?
68th Ave, Grande Prairie
Unfortunately, tragic crashes have taken place on 68th Avenue in Grande Prairie.
Kodiak Blvd N Lethbridge
People speed a little too often in this residential area with parks and playgrounds.
Speeders and weather conditions often make traveling the Trans-Canada Highway through Kananaskis Country and the mountain parks a dangerous affair.
Known as the Highway of Death, speeders are still the major cause of accidents along this infamous highway, the main artery to the Alberta oilsands.
Found along the western edge of the province, this highway finds itself slightly off the beaten path and is thus a favourite for lead-footed drivers.
Highway 2, or QEII between Calgary and Edmonton, is notorious for speeders, a thoroughfare that requires drivers to speed just to keep up with the flow of traffic.
Running east to west along the south edge of the province, Highway 3 has earned a bad reputation for the amount of speeders who frequent the road.
The main east/west artery in Central Alberta, and the main artery between Edmonton and Jasper National Park, Highway 16 has become synonymous with speeders.
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