$1,566 in fines for B.C. driver busted for speeding after being let off with a warning

An RCMP officer aims a radar gun in this undated file photo.
An RCMP officer aims a radar gun in this undated file photo. Global News

A Vancouver Island man had his vehicle impounded and has been slapped with more than $1,500 in penalties after failing to heed a warning when he was busted for speeding, according to the RCMP.

It happened in Colwood on Thursday, according to West Shore RCMP.

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Police say the driver was spotted doing 80 km/h in a 50 km/h zone and pulled over.

The man, a new driver, was issued a $109 ticket for not having an “N” sign on the vehicle, but the officer decided to let him off with a warning for speeding, according to police.

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But when the driver pulled away from the traffic stop at high speed, the officer decided to follow him, the RCMP said.

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Not long afterward, the driver was observed doing 102 km/h and was pulled over again.

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This time, he was slapped with the original $196 ticket for speeding at 80 km/h and a second, $368 excessive speeding ticket for going 102 km/h.

But the financial pain doesn’t stop there. The two speeding tickets combine to six driver penalty points, worth a $432 hit on the man’s insurance, while the excessive speeding ticket also comes with a $461 driver risk premium on the man’s insurance.

In total, and before towing and impound fees, that amounts to $1,566.

The West Shore RCMP said it was the second time in two days the detachment has impounded a vehicle for excessive speeding and is reminding the public that speeding quite literally does not pay.