Tuesday, March 3, 2009

250 km/h on 400 near Finch

Sunny Freeman/Alex Cooper - Toronto Star

A 26-year-old Toronto man was clocked roaring down Hwy. 400 at an unprecedented 250 kilometres an hour just after midnight.
The suspect was driving an Infiniti G35 at its top speed south on 400 near Finch when he was tracked with a laser around 12:30 a.m., Woodford said.
According to the manufacturer, that's the top-rated speed, 250, before the engine conks out. That's what it's limited to.
Antonio Talarico was charged with stunt driving under Section 172 of the province's Highway Traffic Act. His car was impounded and his license was suspended as a result of the charge.
Under Ontario's legislation, stunt-driving charges take effect if a vehicle is travelling 50 km/h or more over the speed limit.
Because there was no other vehicle involved, the driver was not charged with street racing, he added.
The posted speed limit on Hwy. 400 is 100 km/h. The driver was travelling more than double that speed.
The driver could face a fine of anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 if he's found guilty. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 8.
Last month, a driver whose car sped down the Don Valley Parkway at 231 km/h was charged with impaired and dangerous driving.
More than 10,000 people have been charged under the stunt-racing legislation since it took effect last year, nearly eight hundred in Toronto alone.
Provincially on average, 22 people are charged each day, almost one every hour.

From the editor
250 km/h is 69.44 meters per second or 3/4 of a football field every second!! On average it takes a person 1.5 seconds to identify and react to a potential hazzard. The driver would have travelled roughly one and a half football fields before he would of had time to even react. Then neaarly four football fields to stop. If something went wrong in front of that driver, i.e. unexpected lane change, cut-off, debris on road, within the first 200 meters, the driver wouldn't even begin to scuff off speed.

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