Park City police stop driver in extreme speeding case
The Park City Police Department earlier in February stopped a driver in lower Deer Valley who was essentially traveling at highway speeds on a stretch of road where the posted speed limit is 25 mph, an extreme case in a community where speeding and other traffic violations have long been one of the top complaints to law enforcement.
The officer pulled over the driver on Deer Valley Drive close to the Solamere Drive intersection at a little bit before 9 a.m. on Feb. 9. The Police Department said the vehicle, a Hyundai Santa Fe sport utility vehicle, was traveling at 62 mph, more than double the posted speed limit. The police said the officer stopped the vehicle in front of a condominium building.
The Police Department said the driver is a 41-year-old man from Montreal. The officer who stopped the vehicle wrote a ticket at the full 62 mph instead of reducing the mph on the ticket, as sometimes is the case. The police also issued a citation for operating a vehicle without a driver license in the person’s possession.
“That’s a very excessive speed. That’s why the officer decided to write the citation for the full amount,” Phil Kirk, a Police Department captain, said.
Kirk said the stretch of Deer Valley Drive where the officer pulled over the driver is close to Deer Valley Resort as well as residences. He said the “road isn’t engineered” for speeds as fast as 62 mph.
“Not only dangerous, but possibly reckless,” Kirk said, adding that the speed of more than double the posted limit was “very unusual and very concerning to the officer.”
A member of the Police Department’s traffic-enforcement team pulled the vehicle over.
The Police Department for years has emphasized traffic patrols, a response to longtime worries by Parkites about speeding. The traffic patrols stretch from the state-highway entryways to neighborhood streets.
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