An adult male from Windsor will have to answer to the courts why he was operating his vehicle at 121 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone on Sprucewood Avenue in LaSalle on Sunday Morning.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., a LaSalle Police officer observed the vehicle travelling at an extremely high rate of speed on Sprucewood. His vehicle’s speed was recorded on the police mobile radar unit at 121 km/h which is 71 km/h over the posted speed limit along this residential roadway. The officer stopped the vehicle and issued the driver with a summons for Drive Motor Vehicle – Perform Stunt – Speeding, contrary to section 172(1) of the Highway Traffic Act. As a result of the charge, his drivers licence was automatically suspended for 30 days and the vehicle he was operating was impounded for 14 days, for which he will be responsible for all associated towing and storage fees.
To compound matters, this male was recently charged with the same offence but sadly has not changed his driving habits.
If convicted on both counts, he will face a fine of not less than $2000.00 and his licence could be suspended for up to ten years.
Every kilometer you travel over the speed limit increases your stopping distance and decreases your ability to avoid a hazard. As your speed increases so do everyone’s chances of being injured or killed if you are involved in a collision.
Please drive safely and follow the rules of the road.
Here are some relevant excerpts from the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario:
Highway Traffic Act of Ontario
Racing, stunts, etc., prohibited
172 (1) No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway in a race or contest, while performing a stunt or on a bet or wager.
(2) Every person who contravenes subsection (1) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable to a fine of not less than $2,000 and not more than $10,000 or to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or to both, and in addition, his or her driver’s licence may be suspended,
(a) on a first conviction under this section, for not more than two years; or
(b) on a subsequent conviction under this section, for not more than 10 years.
3. For the purposes of section 172 of the Act, “stunt” includes any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
7. Driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 40 kilometres per hour or more over the speed limit, if the speed limit is less than 80 kilometres per hour.
7.0.1 Driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 50 kilometres per hour or more over the speed limit, if the speed limit is 80 kilometres per hour or more.
7.1 Driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 150 kilometres per hour or more.