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Manitoba speeder caught in construction zone en route to ‘church’ faces $2,700 fine

The driver was caught going 161 km/h in a marked 60 zone.
The driver was caught going 161 km/h in a marked 60 zone. File/Global News

A Manitoba driver facing massive fines after an incident Thursday on Highway 16 may be praying a little harder after seeing his traffic ticket.

Police said the driver – who blasted through a manned construction zone in a minivan travelling at 161 km/h – gave officers the excuse of being late for church.

Manitoba RCMP handed down a fine of $2,694, as well as a serious offence notice, which means a licence review with Manitoba Public Insurance.

READ MORE: Manitoba driver dinged $2,092 for speeding in construction zone

In June, RCMP said a driver fined just over $2,000 was the largest fine for construction zone speeding to date. The driver in that case was travelling 78 km/h over the limit.

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