|The Alaska Highway. (Sun Media archies)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. -- RCMP busted a 17-year-old man for driving nearly 100 km/h over the speed limit on the Alaska Highway on Wednesday.
The driver had a class “N” licence, meaning he is a novice driver under B.C.’s graduated system, just one step up from a learner's permit.
Police say Fort St. John RCMP Cpl. Tim Paulmert was driving south on the Alaska Highway in Charlie Lake on Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. and saw a pickup truck going north at breakneck speeds.
Paulmert activated his radar and clocked the pickup going 169 km/h in a 70 km/h zone. He immediately turned on the emergency sirens and pulled the pickup over.
“Speeding is always risky, but going this fast is extremely dangerous for any driver,” Paulmert said in a media release. “Such a young, inexperienced driver operating a pickup truck could easily lose control and it would lead to disastrous consequences.”
The teen received a $483 fine and the vehicle has been impounded for seven days because he was driving more than 60 km/h over the limit.
He will also have to pay a $320 premium the next time he renews his driver's licence and could possibly lose his licence after the speeding violation is reviewed by the superintendent of Motor Vehicles.