A novice driver behind the wheel of a $300,000 car was issued a $368 ticket and a seven-day impoundment for speeding by a Vancouver playground.
In a social media post on Wednesday, the Vancouver police traffic unit said officers caught the driver going more than 70 kilometres per hour in a 30 kilometre-per-hour playground zone, at the helm of an orange McLaren.
According to ICBC, it can take 76 metres to come to a stop at that speed, compared to only 18 metres when travelling at 30 kilometres per hour.
The Twitter posthas caused many to criticize what they are calling “low fines” for speeders.
I hope I see the day when the fines are quadrupled, and the suspension is at least a year.
— Linda (@Therat4623) April 26, 2018
That sounds pretty cheap for a speeding ticket in a playground zone. Isn't that excessive speeding inside a playground zone so he should get double the fine?
— Peter T (@TheBarcaShow) April 26, 2018
How about some jail time? WTF? Isn't that reckless driving???
— BlueNoser (@BlueNose1989) April 26, 2018
Still considering this driver COULD have killed a child, the penalty seems lame. Why not have a day impoundment for every kph over the speed limit. So this one would mean a 40 day impoundment. Perhaps if this was well advertised, these speeders would think twice about speeding.
— Wendy 🇨🇦 (@perfectrose2011) April 26, 2018
B.C.’s fines when speeding in a playground or construction zone can range between $196 to $483, and a seven-day impoundment, and go up to to 30 or 60 days for repeat offenders.
Drivers caught speeding also pay a risk premium, which varies based on the number of convictions in a three-year period.