Burnaby cops nail drunks and speeders with laughable excuses


Catching bad drivers in Burnaby is like catching fish in a barrel, as the saying goes.

Burnaby RCMP traffic police officers were set up Friday night to search for speeders and instead caught a driver who was drunk.

The driver exceeded twice the legal limit and was given a 90 driving ban, had his car towed and will likely face criminal charges.

And it’s not even the holiday season, a time when impaired driving is skyrocketing.

It took Burnaby Mounties just over an hour to catch four speeding tickets with poor excuses at Royal Oak Avenue and Deer Lake Parkway last week.

A driver traveling 97 km/h in the 50 km/h zone told an officer that he had to pick up his children, according to the police.

Another driver traveling 104 km/h pleaded ignorance of the posted speed limit, and a third traveling 114 km/h – an “N” driver – said he was late for school, a said the police.

None managed to get out of a $368 speeding ticket (defined as driving more than 40 km/h above the posted speed limit) and all had their vehicles towed and impounded , according to the police.

Officers also nabbed another ‘N’ driver for speeding and discovered they were already banned from driving in BC

This driver was granted a court date for prohibited driving and a seven-day impoundment as well as tickets for speeding and not displaying an N.

According to ICBC, an average of 81 people die each year in speed-related crashes.

  • With additional reporting by Cornelia Naylor

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