RCMP Traffic Services Central stops vehicle traveling nearly 200 km/h

March 27, 2024
Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release


A picture is taken from the inside of a police vehicle. A radar unit on the dash displays a speed of 175 km/h. A parked car faces the police vehicle head on.
: A number of items, including quantities of cannabis and contraband tobacco, are displayed on the hood of a vehicle.

An 18-year-old driver was stopped this morning by RCMP Traffic Services Central for traveling nearly 200 km/h on the Trans-Canada Highway (TCH) near Norris Arm.

At approximately 8:15 a.m. on March 27, 2024, an officer on patrol observed the vehicle traveling at an excessive speed. Radar readings as high as 197 km/h were obtained. The officer locked the vehicle's speed in at 175 km/h and activated emergency lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to stop as soon as was possible and eventually pulled over for police onto the shoulder of the TCH.

The driver was found in possession of a quantity of cannabis exceeding the amount permitted under the Cannabis Control Act (more than 30 grams) and was ticketed for that offence. In addition, the driver was ticketed under the Highway Traffic Act for speeding more than 51 km/h and for failing to immediately stop for police.

The driver's licence was suspended and the car was seized and impounded.

Traveling at excessive rates of speed places the driver, vehicle occupants and all others who share the roadway at an increased risk of death or serious injury. Please report incidents of excessive speeding immediately to your local police.


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