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Judge warns man clocked travelling at high speed, hands down fine

Dexter Williams pleaded guilty to one count of exceeding the maximum speed by 64 clicks
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Dexter Williams pleaded guilty to one count of exceeding the maximum speed limit in Boyle Court of Justice Feb. 27, after being clocked travelling at 174 kilometres an hour.

BOYLE — One man has six months to pay a $1,000 fine and will avoid a licence suspension after travelling 64 kilometres over the posted speed limit in late 2023. 

In Boyle Court of Justice Feb. 27, Dexter Williams pleaded guilty to one charge of exceeding the maximum speed limit Nov. 2, 2023. Williams was clocked travelling at 174 kilometres an hour in a 110 km/h zone near Wandering River, Alta. 

Williams, who appeared in person without a lawyer to enter his plea, told Justice Robert Shaigec the travelling speed read by Crown prosecutor Robynne Thompson was correct, but only part of the picture. 

“I wasn’t driving at 174, I was driving about 130 kilometres, and someone pulled out behind me,” said Williams, who was driving in the left lane. He said high beams reflecting in his rearview mirror prompted him to consider moving into the right lane, but he had to pass a line of cars first. 

“I’m not sure how I got charged going at 174. While trying to clear that lane, I got up to that speed, but it’s not as if I was driving at 174 continuously,” said Williams. 

The Crown sought a fine of $1,250, but Thompson noted no licence suspension was part of the suggested sentence. “Mr. Williams does not have anything on his driving record, it’s a clean driving record,” she said. 

Williams requested a lower fine amount, citing his family circumstances impacting his ability to pay. “I am a father of four, and I am the only person working in my household. I need a little bit of lenience here, I’m asking for.” 

Shaigec accepted the guilty plea and handed down a $1,000 fine to Williams. “The difficulty here in part is that the speed is on the very, very high end of the spectrum,” said Shaigec. “Your intention isn’t really the issue on a speeding ticket, you either did it or you didn’t.

“174 is 174, meaning whether you’re going that fast continually or you’re just going that fast briefly if something goes wrong at that speed … your reaction time is zero, and then there could be tragic consequences,” continued Shaigec. 

“Most cases, Mr. Williams, where an individual is travelling at 64 kilometres over the speed limit like you are, most cases result in the loss of a licence,” said Shaigec. “That’s not happening today, both because the prosecutor’s not requesting it, and because I accept your explanation … and you have no driving abstract to speak of, which is a critical factor here.” 

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