Speed­ing driver flies past OPP cruiser

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Front Page - BILL SAWCHUK

You would think she might have no­ticed the car on her right.

As a 24-year-old woman from Bramp­ton who was trav­el­ling through Ni­a­gara shot past a slower ve­hi­cle, the driver ran into two prob­lems.

First, she was trav­el­ling at 175 km/h Ni­a­gara-bound lanes of the QEW, which has a posted speed limit of 100 kilo­me­tres.

Sec­ond, the car she passed was a fully marked OPP cruiser from the Ni­a­gara de­tach­ment.

“She was driv­ing a white 2015 Mercedes at about 2:15 a.m., and the of­fi­cer was trav­el­ling at reg­u­lar pa­trol speed,” said Const. Rob Knight of the OPP’s Ni­a­gara de­tach­ment.

“The car com­pletely over­took him. He locked in the speed on his radar. We don’t have an of­fi­cer in our de­tach­ment that hasn’t had this hap­pen. It hap­pens more fre­quently than we would like.

“It is lucky the of­fi­cer stopped her be­fore she in­jured her­self or some­one else. It’s not the Au­to­bahn.”

The re­sult of the in­ci­dent on the QEW near Bartlett Road in the Town of Lin­coln on Oct. 4, was a ticket for stunt driv­ing and all that comes with it – a sev­en­day driver’s li­cense sus­pen­sion at roadside and a ve­hi­cle im­pound for seven days. She also had a date in provin­cial of­fences court.

“Some­times you are go­ing at a speed that is too fast for you to no­tice things,” Knight said. “I have had a cou­ple of sit­u­a­tions like this my­self. There is dan­ger

when it hap­pens. Some­times there is de­bris or dead an­i­mals on the road. There can be slower driv­ers. Some­times they are go­ing 80 km/h.

“There could be driv­ers trav­el­ling with­out their lights on. Maybe they just for­got.

“Or per­haps it is a ren­tal car, and they are un­fa­mil­iar with the ve­hi­cle. I doubt I’ve gone through one night where I didn’t see at least one ve­hi­cle with­out its lights on.

“The QEW at Bartlett is darker at night than some ar­eas of the high­way and at speeds of 175 km/h, a driver won’t even no­tice a ve­hi­cle with no lights be­fore you have hit it.”

There is also a fi­nan­cial con­se­quence. In May The Stan­dard re­ported on an 18-year-old woman from North York who was caught driv­ing 209 km/h on the Ni­a­gara-bound QEW in a red

2016 Porsche Ma­can.

The OPP first re­ceived com­plaints from other driv­ers about a speed­ing ve­hi­cle on the QEW west of Casablanca Boule­vard. The car reached Sev­enth Street be­fore it was stopped.

The OPP charged the driver with stunt driv­ing and im­pounded the ve­hi­cle for seven days. Po­lice also gave her the stan­dard seven-day roadside sus­pen­sion.

Af­ter a re­cent trial, the jus­tice of the peace also fined the woman $4,000.

OPP

The radar unit in a marked OPP po­lice cruiser shows the speed a woman was trav­el­ling at on the QEW new Bartlett Road.

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