Mounties crack down on Mission bridge speeders

Bridge well-known to police as a zone for excessive speed

  • Fri Jul 31st, 2015 10:00am
  • News

Mission Mounties are wondering what it will take for people to slow down on the Abbotsford-Mission bridge.

High speeds are a contributing factor to the severity of traffic collisions on the four-lane bridge which links the two communities.  The Abbotsford-Mission bridge is one of several locations well-known to police as a place where drivers frequently travel at excessive speeds, said Mission RCMP Sgt. Shaun Wright.

Mission RCMP is stepping up enforcement on the bridge, and at several other locations, in an effort to enhance road safety in the area.

In a half-hour period in the evening of Saturday, July 25, two drivers were stopped for excessive speeding and had their vehicles impounded. The highest speed observed was 153 km/h — 73 km/h over the speed limit.

In a 90-minute period Thursday morning (July 30), police cited another eight drivers for excessive speeding and impounded four vehicles. The highest speed observed on that occasion was 144 km/h  — 64 km/h over the speed limit.

Mission RCMP are warning speeders to slow down.  Drivers charged with excessive speeding are subject to numerous penalties, including a fine of up to $483; three points on their driver’s licence; a high-risk driver’s premium on insurance policies; and vehicle impoundment for seven days.

In addition to the bridge, the RCMP are currently looking at increased speed enforcement on the Cedar Valley Connector and the area of Stave Lake Street and Ferndale Avenue. Police hear frequently about speeding issues in both locations.