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Yarmouth RCMP charge teenager with stunting for driving 50 km/h over the speed limit

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YARMOUTH, N.S. – While conducting patrols on Highway 1 in Hebron in relation to community concerns raised over speeders, the RCMP charged a 17-year-old driver with stunting.

The Yarmouth Rural RCMP were conducting the patrols on Oct. 2 around 12:30 p.m. when a vehicle was stopped for – according to the RCMP – travelling just over 100 km/h in a 50 km/h zone near the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 340.

The driver, a 17-year-old female from Clare, was charged for stunting. The vehicle she was driving was impounded, her licence was suspended for seven days and she received a fine of $2,422.50. 

“It’s an automatic fine, of course she has the option to contest the ticket in court,” says Staff Sergeant Ben Parry of the Yarmouth Rural Detachment. He says it is hoped the size of the fine, along with the other implications of a stunting charge, will deter people from this type of activity.

"The safety‎ of Nova Scotians on our roadways is a priority for the RCMP" Parry says. “Aggressive driving places the public at an unacceptable risk and our members will continue to pro-actively enforce the Motor Vehicle Act in order to improve road safety."

The particular area where this vehicle was stopped is also not far from a school zone, where Maple Grove Education Centre is located.

“It’s close enough to a school zone that it’s concerning,” he says.

Asked about the concerns about speeders that has been raised, Parry says, “That is something that people in that area will always bring it up and mention it in passing as you discuss things – they’ll say it would be nice to see something done about these speeders, and I can understand that.

“It’s a bad spot. It’s technically a highway but it’s so residential there, that 50 zone is completely appropriate but people have a hard time wrapping that speed and Highway 1 in the same thought.”

 

 

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