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Sunday, July 21, 2019

West Region OPP Charge 149 Stunt Drivers

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

Grey Bruce OPP Inspector warns of 'catastrophic loss' & says police are heavily enforcing stunt laws.

West Region OPP say they have charged 149 stunt drivers doing more than 50km/h over the posted speed limit since June 21st.

The West Region covers an area from Collingwood westward to the Lake Huron shoreline, down to Windsor and over to Niagara. It does not include areas with municipal police services or the larger areas like Toronto, Halton or Peel.

Grey Bruce OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Martin Murray says drivers need to understand that's a very big risk to public safety.

"The incidents of racing and stunt driving are ridiculous and there is no reason that should have to occur that you're going more than 50 kms over the speed limit," says Murray.

He warns the roads here are not designed for that and drivers are not skilled to the level of racecar drivers, "That's the speed they're approaching. They're not prepared to deal with that. Changing road conditions, other drivers' behaviour, it's flat out dangerous."

He says Grey Bruce OPP have heavy enforcement on Highway 6 and also Highway 10, "Everybody wants to get to their recreational spot or their home safely and they want to feel safe along the way. We're working very hard in order to achieve that."

Murray says back on the May 24 weekend, the OPP did a 'Safe On 6' Highway 6 campaign all the way from Lake Erie up past Lake Huron to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula. 188 drivers were charged with speeding.

Meanwhile, over the Canada Day long weekend OPP charged 59 drivers with speeding on Highway 6 on the Peninsula.

Eight more drivers were charged with stunt driving. Police say the speeds of those offenders ranged from 143 km/h to 171 km/h in a posted 80 km/h speed limit zone.

Murray says there needs to be a change in the way people think, "The desire to get to the cottage that five minutes earlier because you passed six cars in a line of traffic on Highway 6 has to be broken, because people are dying and the potential for catastrophic loss is there. It's a very real danger of high risk driver behaviour."

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