B.C. Highway Patrol busts Alberta speeder doing 173 km/h in construction zone

An Alberta driver learned the hard way what happens to excessive speeders on B.C. highways.

Last week, police in Golden announced that as the province’s month-long high-risk driving campaign was coming to an end, a member of the B.C. Highway Patrol stopped a driver who was doing 123 km/h over the speed limit.

According to police in Golden, the driver was doing 173 in a 50 km/h construction zone along the Trans-Canada Highway.

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“Once stopped, the driver stated he was trying to make it through on Highway 1 before the scheduled road closure related to the Kicking Horse Canyon highway upgrades,” police said in a press release.

“The driver received a violation ticket for excessive speed and his vehicle was impounded for 7 days.”

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In announcing the speeding ticket and impoundment, police also released a picture showing the grey Toyota Tundra pulled over and the officer’s radar display showing a speed of 173 km/h.

Highway Patrol said the driver was from Grande Prairie, and that he was pulled over on May 25.

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“At that speed, the time to perceive and react to situations is severely diminished,” said Sgt. Brad Matchett of the B.C. Highway Patrol.

“The danger is compounded when travelling in a construction zone where workers are vulnerable and road conditions often require speeds much slower than the usual speed limit.”

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