Snow, rain and heat may not slow down the nation’s vaunted postal service, but — in West Vancouver anyway — police are a different matter.
The point was driven home Monday when a member of the West Vancouver Police Department pulled over a Canada Post mail truck for excessive speeding and confiscated the vehicle.
The truck had been heading west on Hwy. 1 near the Westmount exit when the traffic officer reportedly clocked it doing 135 kilometres per hour in a 90 km/h zone — fast enough to trigger the province’s steepest speeding penalties. The officer waved it to the side of the road, handed the driver a hefty ticket and impounded the vehicle for seven days. The truck’s contents were transferred to another postal vehicle before it was carted away.
The force has called attention to the move as a way of reminding drivers that no one is above traffic laws, it said.
“This year alone, the West Vancouver Police Department has impounded 302 vehicles for a variety of offences,” said Cpl. Fred Harding, a spokesman for the WVPD, in a release. “If you plan on driving (on) any of the roads in West Vancouver, please remember that the mandate to maintain public safety is taken seriously.”
The force’s traffic section drew media attention last month when it impounded a “pack” of four Porsches on the Sea-to-Sky Highway that had been going as much as 50 kilometres per hour over the limit.