American's metric error lands $900 speeding ticket in Canada

By Daniel Uria  |  May 3, 2017 at 4:23 PM
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May 3 (UPI) -- A North Dakota man, unfamiliar with the metric system, received a $940 speeding ticket in Canada after traveling nearly twice the posted speed limit.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Manitoba shared a photo of an officer's radar clocking the driver traveling 168 kmh, the equivalent of 100 mph, in a 100-kph zone.

"Didn't realize we use the metric system. Fined $940," the police department wrote alongside the hashtag #noexcuses.

RCMP spokesman Sgt. Paul Manaigre told the CBC drivers from the United States are occasionally unaware of Canada's speed measurements, which leads them to drive at excessive speeds unintentionally.

"It doesn't surprise me," he said. "I've been policing the Emerson detachment for close to 15 years, so I've caught quite a few speeders...coming over from the States. You don't see it often, but it does occur."

He added the department wasn't likely to hand down dangerous driving charges, but the driver's licence or insurance could be affected back in North Dakota.

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