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Speeding, distracted West Vancouver teen with 'L' faces hefty fines

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A 16-year-old was caught speeding while distracted, now owes more than $800

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It’s a costly lesson learned by a young, speeding, distracted driver in West Vancouver.

A 16-year-old who was caught speeding along Cypress Bowl Road now owes more than $800 and has been served four tickets.

“[The vehicle was going] around 100km/h in a 60km/h zone,” said West Vancouver Cst. Jeff Palmer said.

“The driver was using an electronic device while driving — a phone for music, it appeared … and upon further checking, had only an ‘L’ licence. There was no supervisor, as required, in the vehicle. And [the driver] did not have a new driver ‘L’ sign on the vehicle.”

The teen — or his parents — must now pay a $250 fine for speeding.

“$368 plus the ICBC penalty point premium for the distracted driving,” Palmer added. “$109 each for driving contrary to restrictions and failing to have the new driver sign, plus the cost of a private tow to safely return the vehicle back to the family residence.”

Palmer says the teen put themselves in a very dangeorus situation.

“With the distraction, with the speed, with the inexperience, and not being properly licensed to be driving solo. The superintendent can consider a driver prohibition in circumstances like that.”

He adds the car belongs to another family member.