Stunt driv­ing on QEW re­sults in $4,000 fine

The Niagara Falls Review - - News - ALI­SON LAN­G­LEY

Rac­ing over the Gar­den City Sky­way at speeds top­ping 180 kilo­me­tres per hour proved costly for a 21-year-old Toronto driver.

“Race­tracks are built for high speeds…the QEW is not a race­track,” Judge Fer­gus O’Don­nell told Hardeep Singh, Fri­day.

Singh was fined $4,000 and banned from driv­ing for 12 months af­ter he pleaded guilty in an On­tario Court of Jus­tice in St. Catharines to stunt driv­ing un­der the High­way Traf­fic Act.

On Sept. 3, 2018, shortly be­fore mid­night, court heard, an OPP of­fi­cer spot­ted a Dodge Challenger CTX speed­ing down the Fort Erie-bound lanes of the QEW, ap­proach­ing the Gar­den City Sky­way.

The ve­hi­cle was mak­ing “er­ratic” lane changes with­out sig­nalling, said Crown at­tor­ney Michal Sokol­ski.

The OPP of­fi­cer be­gan to fol­low the ve­hi­cle and quickly re­al­ized it was “rac­ing” a sec­ond car on the sky­way.

Court heard the of­fi­cer had to reach speeds in ex­cess of 180 kilo­me­tres per hour in or­der to keep up both ve­hi­cles.

The driv­ers were sub­se­quently stopped near the Glen­dale Av­enue exit in Ni­a­gara-on-the-Lake and no in­juries were re­ported.

The judge told the de­fen­dant his driv­ing be­hav­iour that day put all other mo­torists at risk.

“You’re young and you prob­a­bly have the re­ac­tion time of a cat,” he said.

“Not ev­ery­one on the road is 21 years old and knows they’re en­gaged in a race with an­other driver.”

O’Don­nell said other driv­ers who spot­ted Singh bar­relling to­ward them “like a bat out of hell,” may have been forced to take eva­sive ac­tion, cre­at­ing an­other fur­ther po­ten­tially haz­ardous sit­u­a­tion on the high­way.

“There’s noth­ing wrong with hav­ing nice cars and there’s noth­ing wrong with be­ing young but youth often brings with it bad judg­ment,” he added.

“There are just cer­tain things that shouldn’t hap­pen on the roads. There is a point where it be­comes com­pletely dan­ger­ous and com­pletely risky.”

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