B.C. driver gets max­i­mum fine for Al­berta speed­ing

Calgary Herald - - CITY + REGION - KEN TRIMBLE

BOYLE A Bri­tish Columbia woman who was caught driv­ing 215 kilo­me­tres an hour on a north­ern Al­berta high­way has been given the max­i­mum fine for speed­ing that any pro­vin­cial court in the prov­ince can hand down.

RCMP say Saman­tha Bookey, who is 30 and a res­i­dent of Alder­grove in the Lower Main­land, was or­dered to pay $2,300 by a jus­tice of the peace in Boyle pro­vin­cial court on Tues­day.

Court heard Bookey was north­bound in her Acura TL on High­way 63 on Aug. 14, 2017, when po­lice radar tagged her go­ing 105 km/h over the le­gal limit.

Moun­ties also say that dur­ing the traf­fic stop, of­fi­cers learned of a com­plaint about the same car be­ing driven fast and il­le­gally pass­ing other ve­hi­cles close to a school not long be­fore Bookey was pulled over.

She has one year to pay the fine and faces the pos­si­bil­ity of 25 days in jail if she fails to meet the dead­line. “She stated that the rea­son she was speed­ing was be­cause she was ex­cited about vis­it­ing her friend in Fort McMur­ray and that she was get­ting close,” said Const. Paul Banks, an RCMP spokesman.

The sen­tence was handed down after she was con­victed at a trial she did not at­tend.

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