Toronto Star

Too fast — at any age

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One of the latest people charged under Ontario’s stringent new streetraci­ng law doesn’t exactly fit the profile. Last Wednesday, an Ontario Provincial Police officer pulled over a car that allegedly had been clocked doing 161 km/h in a 100 km/h zone on Highway 407 north of Toronto. But this was hardly a case of a brash youngster taking his souped-up sports car out for a spin. The driver of the Oldsmobile was an 85-year-old Thornhill man who apparently was in a hurry to get to his bank. In addition to losing his licence and his car for a week, he now has the dubious distinctio­n of being the oldest person to be charged under the new legislatio­n since it came into effect on Sept. 30. Anyone who drives on Ontario streets and highways knows aggressive and reckless driving are widespread, an observatio­n that is borne out in police statistics. More than 2,300 people have been charged under the new street-racing law in the three months it has been in force. Under the legislatio­n, anyone caught travelling more than 50 km/h over the speed limit faces an immediate seven-day licence suspension, can lose their vehicle for a week and, if convicted, faces a fine ranging from a minimum of $2,000 to an eye-popping $10,000. Obviously, the message has not sunk in with all drivers yet. But hopefully this tough law, ruthlessly enforced, will finally make motorists of all ages think twice about risking lives on Ontario roads.

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