Speeding with a learner's?

A Kelowna teen faces the loss of his motorcycle and a hefty fine after he was found going more than three times the legal speed limit on Highway 33 Thursday.

According to police the unidentified 17-year-old was clocked doing 160 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.

Cst. Kris Clark says the motorbike had stopped for a red light at Rutland Road before accelerating quickly headed toward Black Mountain.

"(He) was still accelerating when he noticed the police lights and pulled off the highway," says Clark.

The driver held a Class 7 and 8 learner's permit.

"Stopping distance increases dramatically as your speed increases," said Clark.

"Under ideal conditions, at 50 km/h it takes more than 14 metres to come to a stop but that increases to more than 143 metres at 160 km/h. It's not difficult to imagine the results of a crash at that speed."

Clark said the motorcycle has been impounded for seven days but forfeiture may be sought.

The teen also faces a possible charge of Excessive Speeding under the Motor Vehicle Act.

He will appear in court in July.


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