Tesla towed after driving 110 km/h while reportedly on autopilot

Aug 5 2020, 12:53 pm

Driving on autopilot is no excuse for speeding, police say.

On Tuesday afternoon, Coquitlam RCMP impounded a Tesla for excessive speeding. The driver was going more than double the posted speed limit — 113 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

The driver reportedly cited the car’s autopilot feature as a reason for the speed, telling officers they weren’t the one driving.

The Coquitlam RCMP posted about the interaction on social media, saying the vehicle was impounded and that “autopilot is not an excuse.”

According to ICBC, police can issue a fine ranging from $368 to $483 for excessive speeding. The infraction also carries three points towards a person’s Driver Risk Premium (DRP).

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