Monday, July 13, 2009

62 km over limit, with a suspended licence

A 29-year-old Mississauga man driving with his licence under suspension has been charged after police say they clocked him doing 142 km/h in an 80 zone.

The driver's 1992 Acura was travelling north on Hwy. 27, north of Dixon Rd., when it was spotted by a patrolling cop with a mobile radar at 2:25 a.m. last Monday, said Toronto Police Const. Hugh Smith.

The driver, whose name was not available, was driving under suspension with a G1 licence, police said.

"It's unsafe for the public and one more thing we don't need. We already have trouble with bars closing, so to have a driver at this high speed causes concern," Smith said.

The man is charged with driving 50 km/h in excess of the posted limit, driving under suspension, operating a vehicle without insurance, driving with a G1 licence unaccompanied and driving with a G1 licence at an unlawful hour.

Under the province's street-racing legislation, his vehicle was impounded for seven days.

In 2008, Toronto Police issued 584 seven-day licence suspensions under anti-street racing legislation. Since January of this year, 184 seven-day licence suspensions have been issued.
Police said it's a decrease from 1.6 suspensions per day to less than one a day.

"This decrease is good news in the name of safety for Toronto road users. As the public has become more aware of the risks associated with this driver behaviour, more of our road users are complying with the laws that are in place to protect us all," Insp. Len Faul, of Traffic Services, said in a statement.

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