The teen was caught doing four times the speed limit in the middle of the night
The section of highway where the 17-year-old is limited at 50 km/h (31 mph)
He received the highest possible fine for a minor and his license was suspended
A 17-year-old teen was caught Friday night at 205 km/h (127 mph) in a 50 km/h (31 mph) construction zone just outside downtown Montreal, according to the Sureté du Québec. The incident occurred in the early morning on highway 20 West near the Angrignon exit, which is about 10 minutes from the centre of the city.
The teen was charged with a Grand Excès de Vitesse (excessive speeding) and received a $958 fine which the highest amount a minor can receive in the province of Quebec. A Grand Excès de Vitesse is given when a driver exceeds the 50 km/h zone by more than 40 km/h, or in other words if you exceed a 30 mph zone by 25 mph.
He also received 36 demerit points on his driver’s license. In Quebec, drivers lose their license when they accumulate 15 demerit points and must reapply. To put the number of points in perspective, going 120 km/h (75 mph) in a 100 km/h (62 mph) zone will earn 2 demerit points. Passing a school bus with a stop sign deployed earns 9 points.
The teen’s vehicle, was towed and will be impounded for 7 days. The police did not provide any information on what he was driving. The incident is reminiscent of the 19-year-old who reached 308 km/h (191 mph) in his father’s Mercedes-AMG C 63 outside Toronto earlier this year.
That section of highway 20 is an area the team here knows well. We drive on it every week and although it is officially labeled a construction zone, there’s actually no real construction to be seen. All lanes are open and the road is in better condition that most highways around Montreal. It’s almost as if the city had forgotten to remove the construction zone panels…
Unsurprisingly, the Sureté du Québec says it has handed out numerous excessive speeding tickets in that area. Most cars during the day drive through it at 100 km/h.
That being said, nothing can justify going 205 km/h on a public road anywhere unless you’re on the autobahn.