According to TVA, a motorcyclist in Sherbrooke has recevied a ticket for $1229 for going over double the speed limit on an urban thoroughfare.

The street, boulevard Portland, is west of the downtown and passes two campuses of the École Mitchell-Montcalm.

Portland is not a highway. A simple look at Google streetview shows that it is mostly residential. Single-storey ranch houses dot its streetscape.

The cyclist was going 114 km/hour in an area where the speed limit is 50 km/hour.

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Here is a view of the area from Google Maps:

This is a look at blvd. Portland from Google streetview:

This was reportedly not the first time the driver had received a fine. Police have suspended his license and confiscated his motorcycle. He will be able to pick it up in a month.

On Twitter, the Sherbrooke police and official city page have published multiple warnings in the last few weeks to drivers to reduce speeds in certain conditions.

This latest incident, and the extent through which reports have spread through the media, certainly indicate that police are attempting to make an example of the motorcyclist.

This serves as a warning to all drivers in Quebec to respect road signage and local traffic laws. Despite the spring thaw, and drivers' enthusiasm for open, ice-free roads, exceeding the speed limit continues to pose a real danger to motorists and pedestrians.

Stay tuned for more information.

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