Motorcycle rider escapes injury after fiery Saskatoon crash
31 people in Saskatchewan have been caught going more than 50 kilometres over the limit since June
Saskatoon Police reported this morning that a young man who crashed his motorcycle into a light standard at high speed over the weekend escaped that crash without serious injury.
The 21-year-old was rushed to Royal University Hospital on Saturday, but police told CBC this morning that he was treated, and then released.
In a news release, police said they spotted the man riding east on Circle Drive on Saturday afternoon and that he was reaching speeds of up to 180-kilometres-an-hour. Police said they were worried about public safety and did not attempt to stop the motorcyclist.
Later, the biker lost control on Clarence Avenue, crashing into a light standard. The motorcycle burst into flame, and traffic restriction were in place for some time.
There's no word on charges.
Speeding on police's radar
"This young man is very, very lucky that collision did not result in serious injury or death," Alyson Edwards with the Saskatoon Police Service said.
Just a few weeks ago a car was stopped going 200 kilometres an hour. The city said the number of speeding tickets handed out this year is in the usual range.
Edwards said the Saskatoon Police are hoping new measures by the province gets drivers to slow down.
"It's a concern because it's difficult for us to conduct traffic stops and enforce speed limits along Circle Drive," she said. "It becomes an officer safety issue."
The new penalties for excessive speeding, which started in June, include seven-day vehicle seizures. So far, 31 people in the province have been caught going more than 50 kilometres over the limit. One person was caught going double the speed limit.
Saskatoon's Bonnie Washum said she worries about her family's safety.
"I think the speeding is terrible," Washum said. "I live out of town and the way people drive in this city is just ridiculous. I have two young kids and there's no consideration for other drivers."
Saskatoon Police said they're trying to keep a handle on speeding. It's the only city in the province that uses an airplane to catch fast drivers. Later this fall, photo radar is coming to several spots along Circle Drive.