On Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 8:52 PM, a member of the Strathmore Integrated Traffic Unit (ITU) was traveling eastbound on Highway 564 (Country Hills Blvd) about 5 km east of Calgary, when he witnessed a motorcycle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed.
The ITU officer was able to determine that the motorcyclist was allegedly traveling at 186 km/hr, in an area where the speed limit is 100 km/hr.
The ITU officer was able to safely stop the motorcycle on Highway 564 near the Calgary city limits, and at that time determined that the operator was not licensed to operate a motorcycle.
As a result of this incident, a 20-year old male from Calgary has been charged with speeding and with driving a vehicle of an unauthorized class, both contrary to the Traffic Safety Act.
The male is scheduled to make a court appearance in Strathmore Provincial Court on May 25, 2015.
Sergeant Jason Graw, with the Strathmore Integrated Traffic Unit, commented on this incident:
“This incident is concerning for us because not only was this motorcyclist putting his own life at risk by traveling at such high speeds, he was also endangering other motorists as well. It was dark at the time, and there were a number of other vehicles in the area. Fortunately, our officers were able to intercept this young driver and help him to understand that a crash at that speed would be catastrophic. Of course, the fact that the driver was not even licensed to operate a motorcycle complicates the matter even further.”
Integrated Traffic Units consist of RCMP Traffic Services members and Sheriff Highway Patrol officers working together in a collaborative effort to deliver effective and efficient traffic safety services to Albertans, with a focus on identified enforcement priorities.