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Swartz Bay speeders hit

Oct 13 2012

The stretch of road near the Swartz Bay ferry terminal is one where vehicles often break the speed limit, says the RCMP - a fact to which five motorists can attest.

Five vehicles heading down the Patricia Bay Highway near Swartz Bay were impounded for a week after a recent enforcement effort by Sidney/North Saanich RCMP. The drivers also received $368 tickets.

All of the impounded vehicles were going at least 60 kilometres an hour over the speed limit, said RCMP Cpl. Erin Fraser.

The Motor Vehicle Act allows a charge of excessive speed to be laid when a vehicle is travelling 41 km/h or more over the limit, and RCMP units in B.C. do not impound vehicles unless they are driven at least 45 km/h over the limit.

"The problem is, too, that it goes from an 80 [km/h limit] to a 50 very quickly," Fraser said of the area near the terminal.

Fraser said police patrol the area regularly. She said they want to educate people about the potential dangers near the terminal, where lineups for the ferry can appear quite suddenly.

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