Sunday speeders lose their rides

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Burlington OPP detachmentPhoto by David Ritchie

In three separate incidents within minutes of each other Sunday morning, Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers laid three stunt driving charges on Highway 401.

Just before 9:30 a.m., an officer observed a westbound Toyota Rav4 near Merlin Road that appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 100 km/hr. The RADAR registered a speed of approximately 165 km/hr.  The 41-year-old female driver from Conyers, Georgia, has been charged with stunt driving and will appear in a Chatham court on April 6, to answer to the charge.

Moments later, again just before 9:30 p.m., another officer observed a westbound Toyota Venza near Communication Road that appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 100 km/hr. The RADAR registered a speed of approximately 155 km/hr.  The 38-year-old male driver from Windsor has been charged with stunt driving and will appear in a Chatham court on April 27, at a later date to answer to the charge.

The third incident occurred just after 9:30 a.m., when another officer observed a westbound Subaru Forester near Communication Road that appeared to be exceeding the posted speed limit of 100 km/hr.  The RADAR registered a speed of approximately 156 km/hr.  The 47-year-old female driver from Dearborn, Michigan, has been charged with stunt driving and will appear in a Chatham court on April 20 to answer to the charge.

In each incident, the driver’s licence has been suspended and the vehicle impounded for a period of seven days, as per statute.

Chatham-Kent OPP would like to remind drivers that stunt driving or racing, is one of the most serious and reckless forms of aggressive driving, and it puts everyone on the road at serious risk of injury or death.

The penalties for driving 50 km/hr or more over the speed limit are as follows:

  • Immediate 7-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle impoundment
  • Upon conviction, $2000 to $10,000 fine, 6 demerit points, up to 6 months jail, up to 2 years licence suspension for a first conviction
  • Driver’s licence suspension of up to 10 years for a second conviction within 10 years
    Chatham-Kent OPP is committed to keeping the roads and highways safe for everyone.
    For more information, please visit the OPP website at www.opp.ca, or visit the Ministry of Transportation website at www.mto.gov.on.ca

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