It’s one thing for a young driver to disobey posted speed limits, but it’s another for one learning driver who broke the rules with her parents as passengers.
Abbotsford Police Constable Ian MacDonald says an officer was shocked that a teen girl – who only had a learner’s permit – was caught speeding, with her parents in tow.
“The posted speed is 80 kilometres an hour, and essentially he sees what is a vehicle but looks like a rocket because it’s doing abut 133 on that stretch of road.”
But what came next was the biggest shock.
“He comes to learn that the female driver is actually a learner and that surprise was amplified when he subsequently learned that the two other passengers in the vehicle were her parents.”
The teen was ticketed for speeding, failing to display her “L” on the vehicle, and the car was impounded.
A letter was also sent to the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles for good measure.
MacDonald says when parents are passengers, teens shouldn’t be driving anywhere close to the speed limit.
“If anything I would’ve been going 10 kilometres below the posted limit. I would’ve generated a few honks because people might’ve been frustrated because of the slower speed I was going, certainly with parents in the vehicle you’d anticipate that far more often than somebody that’s trying to double the speed limit.”
He says unfortunately the parents couldn’t be disciplined, adding he only hopes they’ll take better care when their daughter is behind the wheel again.
MacDonald says for the most part young drivers in Abbotsford are making the right choices, but this is a learning experience for both the driver, and her parents who were in the car.