The OPP was left stunned during the early hours of Tuesday morning after a 19-year-old driver from Oakville was caught speeding on the highway. In fact, the teenager was driving so fast that his car was going almost the speed of a plane during take-off. The Ontario stunt driving incident could have the driver facing serious consequences. OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt tweeted this morning that the 19-year-old from Oakville had been charged with stunt driving as well as careless driving. He was caught going 218 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. "A Boeing 737 takes off at approx. 250 km/h," tweeted Sgt. Schmidt. The teen was stopped at Highway 400 and Finch at around 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning, January 7, according to 680 News. The Audi TT he was driving was then impounded and his license has been suspended for seven days. If he is convicted, he could face a fine of up to $10,000 and a two-year driving ban, according to City News. "This driver's flight plan was interrupted by OPP," Sgt. Schmidt added in the tweet. Luckily no one was hurt in the situation. There is no report on if anyone else was in the car or what state the driver was in.
A Boeing 737 takes off at approx. 250 km/h. This drivers flight plan was interrupted by #OPP 218 km/h in 100 km/h… https://t.co/LKh3ZtGZXh— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP Highway Safety Division) 1578379266.0
However, this Ontario driver wasn't the only person exhibiting dangerous driving on the 400 last night. There were reportedly six other cases throughout Monday night of extreme speeders who were stopped on that highway. All of the apprehended vehicles were going anywhere from 160 km/h to 218 km/h.
Global News reported a similar trend from Northumberland County. On January 6, it was reported that 10 drivers were charged with stunt driving in zones where the speed limit was only 100 km/h. There have been times when the OPP was so busy with stunt driving issues that they impounded 171 vehicles in one month alone.
The RIDE program may be just about over, but police are still constantly surveilling the highways, so please don't attempt to stunt drive. Stay safe on the roads, everyone.