Empty highways are tempting drivers to push their cars.
In Toronto alone, 18 motorists charged with “stunt driving” recently.
The penalty for such an offense is unchanged from the pre-coronavirus era.
Even though we are required to stay home amid the ever-increasing threat posed by the spreading of the coronavirus, many still need to go out to get supplies. If you have left your home and live in a busy urban area, you’ll have undoubtedly noticed that roads and highways are nearly empty. Although we love speed as much as anyone else, it’s still illegal. Apparently, someone or someones in Toronto forgot about this fact.
Last weekend, no few than 20 motorists were charged with “stunt driving” in the greater Toronto area. Stunt driving is a term that broadly defines any type of activity that involves speeding, but not limited only to going 50km/h over the posted limit. Car chases, drag racing, reckless driving, repeatedly changing lanes as well as driving with a person in the trunk while the driver is not sitting in the driver’s seat also fall under this law.
The highlight of the story is that a group of drivers was caught barreling down the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) at speed up to 171km/h – the limit is 90km/h. And if you’ve ever been to Toronto, the DVP’s average pace is never much greater than 50km/h.
The penalties for stunt driving all these racers are hefty. There are fines of between $2,000 and $10,000, 6 demerit points, a suspended license, and an impounded car.
We get that cabin fever might get the best of us at one point but we will pull through. When we do, we can all head to our favorite track and get the speed demons out of our systems.