So apparently stunt driving on Ontario highways is a thing, or at least it was for one 20-year-old man who just got charged for driving 228 km/h on the ON 403 highway near Mississauga Thursday. That's a whopping 130 km over the speed limit! The Mississauga resident now faces a week without his license, it's been suspended, or his Audi S4, it's been impounded. He also faces a fine of up to $10k. Yikes.
Unfortunately, this most recent case falls into an unfortunate pattern. According to Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the Ontario Provincial Police, officers laid 86 charges for dangerous driving and exactly half of those were for HTA street racing, AKA stunt driving. That was across the Greater Toronto Area during a one week period alone from July 29 to August 5.
These statistics also show that millennial males, like the 20-year-old charged this week, are the worst offenders when it comes to street racing. Of the 43 charges laid for HTA racing, 21 of them were given to males aged 18 to 25.
With stats like these, the apparent speed trend has some Ontarians worried about road safety. Without harsher consequences, they argue, what's going to stop this problem from getting worse?
Specifically, in regards to the 20-year-old going 228 Km/hour, they think that given the severity of his crime, he got off way to easy.
"That kind of driving is absolutely ridiculous," said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt. "There's no reason for that at all," he told CBC. The majority of drivers in Ontario agree, and many took to Twitter to voice their concerns.
@OPP_HSD What the hell??? 7 days, no, please the law needs to be re examined. Honestly not acceptable in any way. D… https://t.co/TK6ZQfvsVv— Miss K Glam On The Go (@Miss K Glam On The Go)1565258256.0
@OPP_HSD Wow a whole week, that'll show him— The Delta MacK (@The Delta MacK)1565290983.0
Keep in mind that it's unlikely for the same offender to get charged twice, given that if they get caught a second time doing a similar crime, the penalty doubles.
It's been a wild ride for drivers in Ontario this summer. After noticing a growing trend for speed racing and dangerous driving across the province, police started cracking down on speeding. For instance, as a result of pedestrian deaths tied to speeding, Toronto recently announced the planned installation of 50 speed cameras by the end of the year.
Just remember if you're driving this summer, it's not Grand Theft Auto IRL out there.