Six motorcyclists have been hit with heavy fines and had their bikes impounded after travelling twice the posted speed limit down Highway 99 and passing a police cruiser.
Sea To Sky Traffic Services clocked the lead motorcycle at 162 km/hour in an 80 km/h zone then pulled over the entire group.
The motorcycles were travelling southbound at around 9 p.m. on Highway 99 at Porteau Road on Aug. 22. They were first observed at an estimated speed of 140 km/h, then increased their speed after passing an officer, said police.
"Since all six motorcycles were travelling within two to three metres of each other, we stopped the entire group," said Cpl. Robert McDonald of the B.C. RCMP Traffic Services. "Each rider received an excessive speed violation ticket under the Motor Vehicle Act, and in accordance with that act, each motorcycle was automatically seized for a seven-day impound."
McDonald reminded the public that police officers must seize vehicles that are speeding excessively — more than 40 km/h over the limit — under Section 147(1) of the Motor Vehicle Act.
The motorcyclists were each fined $483, as they were doing more than 61 km/h over the speed limit. They were riding Honda, Ducati and Aprillia motorbikes.
“I would definitely categorize this as extreme speed, at more than double the limit. Their actions were even more dangerous because they were all two to three metres from each other," said McDonald. "Getting pulled over may have been the best thing that ever happened to them."