On Monday, an Okotokian was pulled over just outside Black Diamond for speeding over 100 kilometres above the posted speed limit.
Black Diamond Protective Services manager Jim Berry was headed to the Longview area on Monday morning when he saw the vehicle.
The driver was headed northbound on Highway 22, speeding at 209 km/hr in a 100km/hr zone.
Luckily, the driver pulled over after Berry flashed his lights.
Berry says the 22-year-old seemed to know how fast he was going.
"Very first thing I asked him when I walked up to the window was 'how fast do you think you were going?' I just wanted to see if he knew or realized how fast he was going. He said 'about 192.' I said 'oh, a little bit faster than that.' When I said 209 he kinda went 'oh... really?' Well, what's the difference between 192 and 209? You know you're going that fast."
Aside from the obvious risk to the driver and others on the road, Berry tried to convey to the speeder the trauma that first responders can carry with them after responding to high-speed collisions.
"If he ended up crashing, losing control or blowing a tire, there's not going to be much left of him or the vehicle. Someone is going to attend the scene, so you'll have police, fire, and ambulance people showing up here, and all these people are going to have to deal with what they see here if that were to happen. I tied to articulate that to him, that it's not just you risking your life, you're putting all these other people at risk of seeing this and remembering it forever if something like that happens. It happens quite often in our business, we're the first on scene to see the results of a high-speed collision."
Anyone caught speeding at least 50km/hr over the limit faces a mandatory court appearance where a judge determines possible fines and license suspensions.
It was a first for Berry, who had never seen someone driving over 200km/hr before then.
He wrote about 16 tickets over the long weekend, saying the average speeder was driving about 35km/hr over the limit.