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Self-isolation speeders: Calgary police warn empty streets aren’t an invitation for lead-footed drivers

An electronic sign on Deerfoot Trail shows the estimated time to drive to Glenmore Trail.
An electronic sign on Deerfoot Trail shows the estimated time to drive to Glenmore Trail. Global News

Calgary police are warning drivers that although city streets may have fewer cars on them as people practice social distancing and self-isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic, speeding is still illegal.

In a Thursday tweet, the Calgary Police Service said two drivers were caught travelling almost 200 km/h on Deerfoot Trail on Wednesday morning during what would normally be considered rush hour.

“Regardless of time of day, it’s never acceptable to drive at excessive speeds.” the tweet stated.

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According to the tickets, one of the drivers was recorded travelling 199 km/h at 8:20 a.m., while the other was clocked at 176 km/h at 8:29 a.m. The speed limit on Deerfoot Trail is 100 km/h.

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“Luckily we stopped them before they harmed themselves or others.” the tweet stated.

Police didn’t list the names of the drivers or say how much they were fined.

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