A number of drivers are exceeding speed limits during pandemic: EPS

Apr 21 2020, 3:42 pm

The trend of drivers going well over posted speed limits has only worsened in the last few weeks because of emptier roads.

According to Edmonton Police Service, there has been a series of “high flyers” driving around the city at excessive speeds.

“Edmonton Police Service Traffic Unit members have clocked drivers racing around the city at excessive speeds of 151 km/hr in a 80 km/hr zone, 141 km/hr in a posted 80 km/hr zone, 123 km/h in a 50 km/h zone, 181 km/h in a posted 100 km/h zone – even 200 km/h on the Anthony Henday last week,” says a release.

This is the second warning EPS has issued to drivers in the last three weeks to slow down on the roads.

“The roads may be somewhat quieter these days due to the people remaining at home during the pandemic, though that doesn’t give motorists additional liberties to ignore the posted speed limits,” said Sgt. Kerry Bates of the EPS Traffic Safety Unit.

“To be frank, it’s selfish to say the very least, to potentially cause an unnecessary collision that could further increase the pressure our hospitals and front-line healthcare professionals are currently under, as a result of the COVID-19 virus.”

The EPS is stepping up traffic enforcement to help stop this growing trend.

“Violations for speeding can include fines of up to $2,000 and up to 6 demerits, depending on how fast the driver was travelling. Those found to be exceeding the speed limit by 51 km/h or more may face a driver’s licence suspension.”

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