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The faster you go, the longer it takes to stop

The faster you go, the more you pay

Driver risk premium

If you have one or more excessive speeding tickets, you pay a driver risk premium (DRP). It’s based on convictions over a three-year period, and includes any offences that occur on or after Jan. 1, 2008.

And you’ll pay the DRP on top of your cost of insurance.

Fines

If you’re caught speeding up to 20 km/h over the limit in your community or on a highway, the fine is $138. If you’re caught doing more than 60 km/h, the fine is $483. In a school, playground or construction zone, if you’re caught going up to 20 km/h over the speed limit, the fine is $196. And if you’re caught going more than 60 km/h, you’ll pay $483.

Vehicle impoundment

Besides the violation ticket fine and driver risk premium, police can immediately impound your vehicle for seven days for those travelling 40 km or more over the posted speed limit. This could escalate to 30 or 60 days for repeat offenders.

The owner is then required to pay the vehicle towing and storage fees to get their vehicle back.

Speeding is only cool in the movies

Somewhere Near You, by filmmaker Connor Gaston, shows the tragic consequences of reckless driving. His film took third place in the Speeding category at ICBC's 180 short-film contest. See more films on our Youtube channel.external link

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