Richmond RCMP catch 150 drivers speeding on Sidaway Road after numerous citizen complaints

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      Several vehicle collisions with pedestrians, resulting in injuries and deaths, have taken place across the Lower Mainland over the past few weeks, including three in Surrey over three days.

      Also this past week, RCMP in Whistler and Squamish had to respond to several collisions along the Sea to Sky Highway due to speeding during snow conditions (despite the majority having winter tires).

      Meanwhile, in response to numerous citizens complaining about speeding along a traffic corridor in Richmond, RCMP executed a traffic enforcement project.

      Sidaway Road in Richmond is frequently used by motorists as an alternate route to bypass other traffic-congested streets.

      However, pedestrians and cyclists also use the narrow two-laned road that has drop-off ditches filled with water on either side of the road.

      Richmond RCMP stated in a news release today (December 18) that between November 17 and 30, police checked over 200 vehicles during morning and afternoon rush hours.

      Officers wound up catching 150 vehicles going over the speed limit, and were ticketed from $138 to $598, which included tickets for issues ranging from failure to comply with driver's licence restrictions to impaired driving. 

      In one case, a vehicle was clocked at 135 kilometres per hour, which is 85 kilometres over the 50 kilometres per hour speed limit.

      Road Safety Unit officers impounded 10 vehicles due to excessive speeds.

      The Road Safety Unit sets up targeted enforcement based on public requests.

      In addition, B.C. RCMP and local police departments are cracking down on impaired driving with winter counterattack campaigns.