A 16-year-old Toronto teenager was charged with Stunt Driving in his mom’s car just before Mother’s Day.
According to York Regional Police, nine drivers had their vehicles impounded overnight after they were caught driving in excess of 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit “in what continues to be a problem of high-speed driving during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Police say that on May 4, shortly before 10 pm, an officer was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 7, near Keele Street, in Vaughan, which is a 60-kilometre-per-hour zone.
The officer then spotted a vehicle allegedly travelling at a high rate of speed and confirmed the vehicle was driving at 120 kilometres per hour.
Police say the 16-year-old driver was stopped and found to have a G1 driver’s licence and was “unaccompanied by a licenced driver.”
In the police cruiser’s dashcam video, an officer can be heard making the call to the teen driver’s mother, informing her that her vehicle was going to be impounded for seven days as a result of her son’s high-speed driving.
In another Stunt Driving incident, on May 11, shortly after 11 pm, an officer was conducting speed enforcement on Highway 50, north of Major Mackenzie Drive West, in Vaughan.
The officer spotted a vehicle travelling north at a high rate of speed through a 70-kilometre-per-hour zone, and confirmed that the vehicle’s speed was 160 kilometres per hour.
A 22-year-old from Oakville was also charged with Stunt Driving.
“High speeds on relatively empty York Region roads continue to be a problem,” said York Regional Police.
“From March 1, 2020, through to May 11, 2020, officers laid 306 charges for stunt driving for vehicles travelling in excess of 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit, versus 149 charges during the same time period in 2019. Speed kills. Police are urging drivers to slow down and obey posted speed limits.”