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Big fines for big speeds on Westman highways

Westman Mounties handed out 126 speeding tickets over the course of a single week earlier this month, with six of them travelling more than 50 km/h faster than the posted limit.

Those numbers came during Canada Road Safety Week, when police officers across the country were targeting risky driver behaviour. The annual campaign ran from May 14–20 this year.

Most of the very high speeds were clocked on Friday, but the first was caught on Thursday evening, when an 18-year-old girl from Melville, Sask., was pulled over on the Trans-Canada near Carberry after police spotted her speeding at 166 km/h. She was handed a $914.75 ticket.

Four of the highest speeders were caught on Friday.

Officers found a 24-year-old Regina man behind the wheel of a vehicle that was clocked at 168 km/h on the Trans-Canada Highway in the RM of Whitehead, west of Brandon. Police say he also had an expired driver's license and a four-year-old child in the vehicle with him who was improperly restrained. He was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, and he'll also face charges of driving without a license and failing to properly restrain a child. He's to appear in court in Brandon on June 16.

A 20-year-old man from High River, Alta, was hit with a $809.50 ticket after police spotted him going 158 km/h on the Trans-Canada near Oak Lake.

Some older drivers were caught as well. A 59-year-old man from the RM of Keys in Saskatchewan was ticketed for going 164 km/h while passing several vehicles on Highway 16 west of Minnedosa. He'll have to pay a $863.50 ticket.

A Fairford man, 54, was charged with careless driving after being clocked at 126 km/h in a 60 km/h zone in the RM of Alonsa. He was also ticketed; his fine was $914.75.

Then, on Sunday, police pulled over their fastest speeder of the weekend — a 26-year-old man from Carnduff, Sask, who was apparently going 182 km/h on Highway 21, south of Griswold. He also had a four-year-old child with him. He was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and has a court date in Virden on June 20.

Aside from the very high speeds, officers throughout Westman also found and charged two people with impaired driving and two more people were handed roadside suspensions, one for 24 hours and the other for 15 days.

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