Manitoba RCMP say an alarming number of motorists are living life in the fast lane.
A week-long traffic blitz in western Manitoba netted 126 speeders – including six who were going at least 50 km/h over the limit.
The worst offender was a 26-year-old male from Carnduff, Sask., who was caught travelling 182 km/h on Highway 21, south of Griswold, Man., on Sunday afternoon. RCMP say he had a four-year-old child with him.
Because of the extreme speed, RCMP charged the man with dangerous driving under the Criminal Code. He has been released on a promise to appear in court.
Other notable examples from the past week:
- A 24-year-old man from Regina was caught travelling at 168 km/h on the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of Whitehead, west of Brandon, last Friday night. He also had an expired driver’s licence and an improperly restrained four-year-old child. He was also charged with dangerous driving, along with driving without a licence and failing to properly restrain a child under the Highway Traffic Act.
- An 18-year-old woman from Melville, Saskatchewan was caught doing 166 km/h on the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of North Cypress, near Carberry, Manitoba, last Thursday evening. She was given a $914.75 ticket.
- A 54-year-old man from Fairford, Man., was caught doing 126 km/h in a 60 km/h zone in the RM of Alonsa, Manitoba. He was given a $914.75 ticket and charged with Careless Driving under the Highway Traffic Act.
- A 59-year-old man from the RM of Keys, Sask., was caught doing 164 km/h while passing several vehicles on Highway 16, west of Minnedosa. He received a $863.50 ticket.
- A 20-year-old man from High River, Alta., was clocked doing 158 km/h on the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of Sifton, near Oak Lake, Man. He was given a $809.50 ticket.
In addition to the speeding tickets, RCMP also handed out another 19 notices for other infractions. Two motorists were also charged for impaired driving, and two more were issued roadside suspensions ranging from 24 hours to 15 days.
The stepped-up enforcement came during the just-completed Canada Road Safety Week.
Tragically, four people were killed over the past week on Manitoba roads. RCMP say none of the victims were wearing seatbelts, that alcohol is a factor in at least one crash and "speeding or driving too fast for the road conditions continues to be a factor in most collisions."