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Speeders take to new highway

There's nothing better than a brand new stretch of pavement to bring out the speeders.

That's exactly what the the RCMP are finding along the new stretch of Highway 97 through Lake Country.

Police say people are not only speeding, but driving at excessive speeds.

RCMP have been conducting traffic enforcement along the new section of highway through Lake Country since it was opened last year, but a new trend is emerging that is giving police concern for the safety of all road users.

Police say the posted speed limit of 100 km/h doesn't seem to be fast enough for some motorists.

Between June 24, 2014 to July 24, 2014 police issued 26 Violation Tickets for Excessive Speeding on that highway.

Fifteen of the speeders were travelling 50 to 60 km/h above the posted speed limit while five were travelling 60 to 70 km/h above the limit and one in excess of 70 km/h above the limit.

Drivers aged 17 to 78 showed that some motorists, regardless of age or experience, choose to jeopardize the safety of others just to shave a few minutes off their drive.

Excessive speeding carries a fine of $368 to $483 as well as a mandatory minimum 7-day vehicle impound.

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