Stunt driving on QEW results in $4,000 fine
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.”