• 308 km/h on the QEW

OPP Impounds 150 Vehicles and Charges 150 Drivers in May

Including a 19-year old that was stopped doing over 300 km/h.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams May 11, 2020

The weather’s getting nicer, the roads are still largely empty, and that means that some drivers are treating Ontario’s major highways like a race track. Normally we’d say they were treating them like the Autobahn, but with the latest a stop of a 19-year old doing 308 km/h on the QEW this goes far beyond what even the Germans would likely find acceptable.

Ontario Provincial Police Sergeant Kerry Schmidt announced that around 10 pm Saturday night, a car with a 19-year old driver and a friend in a Mercedes-AMG C63 was clocked and then stopped doing 308 km/h on the QEW by an officer in the Burlington detachment. Schmidt points out that’s 81 metres per second, or nearly a football field every second. At night. The driver had a G2 license, which can mean longer license suspensions and some additional restrictions, like a passenger limit after midnight.

“This is absolutely egregious, for anyone to be going those kinds of speeds,” Schmidt said. “I don’t even know where to begin with that.”

Been caught speeding at more than 50 km/h over the limit is an automatic seven-day license suspension and vehicle impound under stunt driving rules. This driver was also charged with the criminal offence of dangerous driving. If convicted, that could mean a one-year license suspension, larger fines, and even jail time.

The OPP posted to Twitter yesterday that just this month, they’ve ticketed and towed 150 drivers in the GTA alone for more than 50 km/h over the limit. That includes multiple drivers going well over 200 km/h and a G1, or learner’s permit, driver in a BMW i8. More than 500 total speeding charges were issued in the Kitchener-Waterloo area in just days at the start of this month as part of that region’s Operation Overpass. That enforcement event saw a motorcyclist crash at more than 200 km/h when trying to run from police.

There might be less traffic on the roads these days, especially in the perpetually congested Greater Toronto Area, but less traffic, fewer accidents, and less crime in general, all just mean that there are more enforcement officers who are ready to have a meeting at the roadside with drivers in excess of the limit. Especially that much in excess of the limit.

We get it, the tracks are closed and we’re all stuck inside. It’ll be over soon enough, and the racetracks will open once again. Slow down, and make sure your license is still valid when they do.

Source: OPP Highway Safety Division/Twitter