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Burnaby RCMP warns of excessive speeding

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Burnaby RCMP are warning motorists to watch their speed after Burnaby Speed Watch volunteers observed 545 vehicles speeding during a 90-minute period recently.

Of those speeders, watched on the Royal Oak Avenue hill near Deer Lake Parkway, 42 were driving more than 40 km over the 50 km/h speed limit.

Perhaps not surprisingly, ICBC statistics show the intersection, at the bottom of the hill at Deer Lake Parkway, sees a significantly higher number of crashes than adjacent intersections.

Meanwhile, the faster people drive, the higher the fine if they're caught speeding.

Exceeding the speed limit by more than 40 km/h is subject to a $368 fine and by more than 60 km/h, a $483 fine plus three penalty points on their driving record.

Anyone caught speeding excessively will also have their vehicle impounded immediately, Burnaby RCMP say. A first offence will result in a seven-day impoundment, a second offence is 30 days and subsequent offences within two years is 60 days. In all cases, the vehicle owner must pay towing and storage costs.

"Drivers must be aware of the fact that traveling downhill is not an excuse for speeding, and in fact it is more difficult to stop a vehicle on a steep gradient," said Burnaby RCMP Chief Supt. Dave Critchley in a press release. "We want everyone to reach their destination safely; to that end, motorists are reminded to slow down and arrive alive."

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