Teen driver with learner’s licence racks up $800 in fines in one afternoon

North Shore News


A young driver recently got an expensive lesson in obeying the rules of the road when he racked up about $800 in fines in one afternoon.

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A West Vancouver police officer was doing traffic enforcement on Cypress Bowl Road at around 1:25 p.m. on Thursday afternoon when the officer noticed a Land Rover going about 100 kilometres an hour in a 60 km/h zone, near the intersection of Chippendale Road, said Const. Jeff Palmer, spokesman for the West Vancouver Police Department.

The officer stopped the vehicle, and discovered the teen driver had been listening to music through his handheld phone – earning him a ticket for using an electronic device while driving. The 16-year-old was also driving without a licensed driver over 25 in the car with him – as required for drivers with a learner’s licence. The car he was driving also was not displaying the required L sign.

Altogether, the four tickets earned the teen almost $800 in fines. He also had to pay to have the Land Rover towed back to his family home in West Vancouver.

Palmer said the car the teen was driving belonged to a family member.

Palmer said the combination of factors potentially exposed others on the road to an unacceptable risk. “Speed has been associated with some pretty serious accidents on that road.”