Abbotsford police hand out over $15,000 in speeding fines in two days

The Abbotsford Police Department (AbbyPD) says it stopped and impounded 42 vehicles last week in nearly as many hours.

Over a 48-hour window, the department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit reportedly focused on stopping drivers speeding in “high-traffic” corridors.

Police say they stopped 42 drivers for excessive speeding, giving each a ticket and impounding their vehicles for a week. AbbyPD says it handed out $15,686 in fines to drivers in the two days.

The highest speed clocked during the 48-hour window was from a driver allegedly going 147 kilometres per hour in a 60 km/hr zone.

In a press release Wednesday, the AbbyPD reminded drivers that speeding is the top contributing factor to car crash fatalities in B.C. every year, accounting for 29 per cent of fatal crashes.

According to ICBC, on average, 84 people die, and 2,168 are injured in speed-related crashes every year in the province. ICBC says penalties for one speeding ticket can range from $138 to $483 and three points off your driving record.

The average fine during AbbyPD’s enforcement window was $373.

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