Frontenac OPP lay seven stunt driving charges in under three weeks

Photo of the recorded speed of a driver on Perth Road in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 12, 2020. The posted speed limit in the area is 50 km/h. Photo via OPP East Region.

Officers from the Frontenac Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have been kept busy with drivers taking the lack of vehicular traffic as an excuse for excessive speeds.

According to the Frontenac OPP, seven individuals have been charged with stunt driving since Saturday, Apr. 25, 2020. Speeds clocked during the infractions ranged from 52 to 89 km/h over the posted speed limits. Six of the offences occurred on Highway 401, and one took place on Perth Road.

The Perth Road incident occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 12, 2020, when a 19-year-old male was stopped at approximately 3 a.m. while driving 129 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. After telling police he was speeding because he was late for work as a delivery driver, the man was charged with stunt driving, a charge that results in the offender’s driver’s licence being suspended and the vehicle impounded for seven days.

“129 km/h doesn’t sound too bad… until you find out it’s in a 50 zone!!” the OPP East Region said in a post on social media.

Ironically, this offence occurred on the first day of Canada Road Safety Week, which takes place from Tuesday, May 12 to Monday, May 18, 2020, leading into what is traditionally one of the busiest traffic weekends of the year.

“While the OPP and its traffic safety partners remain committed to saving lives on our roads, drivers, passengers and other road users can significantly contribute to safe roads by avoiding risks and complying with all traffic laws,” the OPP said in a press release on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Canada Road Safety Week is a public education and enforcement campaign designed to increase public compliance with traffic laws, and targets the following behaviours that place drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users at risk:

  • Alcohol/drug-impaired driving
  • Distracted/inattentive driving
  • Aggressive driving (including speeding)
  • Lack of seat belt use

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