Driver fined after speeding 155km/h near Red Creek wildfire

While in the fire zone of the Red Creek wildfire on Wednesday, BC Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop that resulted in a vehicle being impounded.

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CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. — While in the fire zone of the Red Creek wildfire on Wednesday, BC Highway Patrol conducted a traffic stop that resulted in a vehicle being impounded.

Drive BC has temporarily decreased the speed limits along the Alaska Highway near the Red Creek fire to allow the safe movement of BC Wildfire Service and other responding vehicles.

The speed limit in the area has been decreased from 100 kilometres per hour to 50 kilometres per hour. The speed limit change was marked with speed signs.

A patrolling officer caught a vehicle travelling 155 kilometres per hour going southbound on the Alaska Highway in a 50 kilometres per hour fire zone. 

The driver was issued an excessive speed violation ticket, and the vehicle was impounded for seven days.

According to the Government of B.C., exceeding the speed limit by more than 60 kilometres per hour results in a $483 fine.

The Fort St. John RCMP would like to remind the public to be mindful on the roads, obey traffic signs in the area and know that if they are caught speeding, a violation ticket will be issued, as well as the possibility of the vehicle being impounded.

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