Driving is criminally charged after being timed at 85 km/h over the limit

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A driver was charged with dangerous driving on Tuesday after being clocked at 85 km/h over the speed limit in a construction zone.

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The driver was clocked at 135 km/h at a marked 50 km/h construction zone on Stoney Trail NE, west of Deerfoot Trail, according to a police press release.

The statement said workers were present, it was dark and road conditions were poor due to heavy rains. The lane closest to the median was closed off with warning lights flashing as workers and vehicles were on that lane. Officers said the vehicle did not attempt to slow down as it approached the construction zone.

“We are seeing an increase in the frequency of high-speed driving infractions lately. It is becoming more common to see drivers speeding over 50 km/h over the established speed limit and several of my officers have recorded drivers over 100 km/h over the established speed limit,” said Calgary Acting Police. Insp. Rob Patterson from the traffic section.

“In an effort to improve safety on our streets, we are cracking down on these blatant offenders. Where there is evidence to support the charge, we will charge the most serious offenders under Section 320.13 of the Penal Code with dangerously operating a means of transport.”

The statement said drivers should slow down, respect speed limits and drive carefully. Fines are also doubled in construction zones.

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