An 18-year-old Toronto man is facing stunt driving charges and had his car impounded for a week after police clocked him driving more than 50 kilometres over the speed limit on the Gardiner Expressway in Etobicoke late last week.
According to police, an officer witnessed a 2007 Toyota Camry driving westbound at a high rate of speed on the Gardiner near Hwy. 427 on Friday, April 19 at around 3:44 a.m.
The officer, using a speed-measuring device, registered the Camry’s rate of speed at 167 km/h in a 100 km/h zone.
The 18-year-old male driver of the vehicle, who has not been named, was pulled over and charged with stunt driving (driving at a rate of speed 50 km/h or more over speed limit) and speeding.
Police suspended the man’s driver’s licence and impounded his vehicle for seven days under Bill 203.
Since coming into effect back in September 2007, Bill 203 – the Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act – has worked to address the issues of speed/stunt driving on Ontario roads to ensure the safety of all road users by removing those who put innocent people at risk with bad driving behaviour.
Since the beginning of 2013, Toronto police have issued 83 suspensions for speeding/stunt driving – of those 83 suspensions, alcohol was a contributing factor in eight incidents.
“Speed and alcohol are two major contributing factors in fatal collisions,” the Toronto Police Service said in a statement. “Make the right decision, don’t drink and drive. You decide your speed, physics decides whether you live or die. Do your part to keep our roadways safe.”