Driver clocked at 240 km/h on Coquihalla Highway near Merritt

He told police a malfunctioning gas pedal was to blame

A driver caught going 240 kilometres per hour on the Coquihalla Highway on May 12 blamed his speed on a malfunctioning gas pedal in his vehicle.

An offices from the RCMP’s Central Interior Traffic Services was was conducting speed laser enforcement south of Merritt when he estimated the speed of an oncoming vehicle at more than 200 km/h. Police say the officer then confirmed the vehicle’s speed at 240 km/h in the posted 120 km/h zone using the radar gun.”

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The driver was issued a $483 ticket for excessive speed and had his vehicle impounded for seven days. A roadside breathalyzer test ruled out impairment on the part of the driver. The officer also issued a level one inspection notice on the vehicle, due to the “obvious safety concern with the accelerator pedal,” according to Mounties.

A level one inspection notice removes the vehicle from the road and it must pass a full vehicle safety inspection before it can be driven again, with all costs paid for by the driver.”

“Slowing down and obeying speed limits significantly reduces the risk of serious injury or death and gives drivers added time to perceive and react to the unexpected,” RCMP Cpl. Mike Halskov said. “Please drive defensively, obey speed limits, wear seatbelts, drive sober and distraction-free every time you get behind the wheel — for your safety and that of others.”

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