As part of an effort to curb dangerous driving, the West District RCMP is reminding drivers to follow posted speed limits and is asking the public to report dangerous drivers.

A recent case of dangerous driving in the area resulted in serious consequences for two drivers. On August 14, 2016, the Woodstock RCMP stopped two drivers, a 21-year-old man and an 18-year-old man, who were each caught travelling at speeds of approximately 150 km/hr in a 90 km/hr zone on Route 100 outside of Centreville, N.B.

One of the drivers was newly licensed and has had his licence suspended for a one-year period, in addition to a fine of $604.50 for driving more than 50 km/hr over the speed limit. The other driver also faces a fine for speeding in excess of 50 km/hr, as well as a charge of driving with undue care and caution.

“The RCMP continues to conduct patrols throughout the province in an attempt to curb all types of dangerous driving,” says Cst. Emily Rafuse. “But everyone has a role to play in making our roads safer, and we’re also asking for the public’s assistance.”

If you see someone driving distracted, with undue care, or at an excessive speed, or if you suspect an impaired driver, please call 911 when it is safe to do so, with the location, time and any descriptors you can safely obtain, such as the licence plate number or make and model of the vehicle.

“The case in Centreville involved very high speeds,” says Cst. Rafuse. “But all speeding is dangerous. The time it takes to stop for a hazard goes up significantly and the impact of a crash becomes greater the faster you are driving. The consequences can be deadly and it isn’t worth the risk. No one is immortal, and it only takes a moment for tragedy to strike.”