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B.C. driver with 'N' license caught speeding 122 km/h in 50 zone

"The driver told the officer they were celebrating receiving their license that very day."
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A Vancouver Island youth was caught excessively speeding on their first day with a novice driver's licence--and they'll have to pay a hefty fine for it.  Photo via inhauscreative / Getty Images

A Vancouver Island youth was caught excessively speeding on their first day with a novice driver's licence--and they'll have to pay a hefty fine for it. 

On Friday, Jan. 22, the West Shore RCMP Tweeted that a new driver was caught going 122 km/hr in a 50 km/h zone on Metchosin Rd. 

"The driver told the officer they were celebrating receiving their license that very day," wrote the detachment. 

West Shore RCMP media spokesperson Cst. Nancy Saggar tells Vancouver Is Awesome in a phone interview that the 17-year-old driver had just received their N license that day. However, she can't provide any additional information because the driver is a youth. 

Since they were travelling upwards of 60 km over the speed limit, the driver was issued a $483 fine for excessive speeding and a seven-day vehicle impound. 

Distracted driving in B.C.

BC RCMP Traffic Services says fatal and serious injury motor vehicle collisions due to distracted driving are completely preventable.

According to provincial data, distracted driving is responsible for more than 25 per cent of all car crash fatalities and is the second leading cause of fatal collisions in B.C. Every year, an average of 76 people die in fatal motor vehicle collisions in BC because the driver was distracted or not paying attention.

Distracted driving is more than electronic devices being used; other reasons for the citation include personal grooming, eating/drinking, reading, pets, other passengers, and not knowing your route. 

--With files from Castanet.