‘Showing off’ lands youth licence suspension, high fine

Boyle, Alberta – A young driver has had his driving privileges revoked after pleading guilty to excessive speeding near Boyle, Alta., on the May long weekend earlier this year.

A 17-year-old from Fort McMurray, Alta., made the plea in Boyle Provincial Youth Court July 25, during a mandatory court appearance. Members of the RCMP-Alberta Sheriffs Boyle Integrated Traffic Unit were conducting patrols on Highway 663, just east of Boyle, on May 20 when an eastbound car was observed travelling at a high rate of speed. Use of radar confirmed the vehicle was travelling at 197 km/h in a posted 100 km/h zone.

A vehicle stop was conducted, and the driver was issued a summons for court. There were also two other passengers in the vehicle.

As a result of the plea, the youth, who holds a probationary Class 5 Graduated Driver’s Licence (GDL), was sentenced to a 30-day licence suspension and a $1,000 fine.

During the encounter with police, the driver indicated he was showing off for his friends.

RCMP and Alberta sheriffs remind motorists that speeding has a direct relationship to an increase in stopping distances, one’s ability to react to traffic control devices and hazards, and severity of injuries in a crash.

Charges of speeding for more than 50 km/h over the speed limit are dealt with by way summonses, and mandatory court appearance.  Convictions come with a maximum fine of $2,300 and a driver’s licence suspension of up to 90 days.

Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.

Police File: 2017-627244

RCMP-Alberta Sheriffs Boyle Integrated Traffic Unit
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