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A Thornhill woman is facing charges after being caught allegedly driving over 150 km/hr through a construction zone on the 401.

Chatham-Kent OPP officials say on April 19, at around 12:30 p.m. a member of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting RADAR enforcement, in the construction zone, on highway 401 near Harwich Road when they observed a westbound vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit of 80 km/hr.

The RADAR allegedly registered a speed in excessive of 150 km/hr.

As a result, the 50-year-old female driver from Thornhill, Ontario has been charged with race a motor vehicle – excessive speed, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

She will appear in a Chatham court on June 14, 2017 to answer to the charge.

The driver’s licence has been suspended and the vehicle impounded for a period of seven days, as per statute.

Chatham-Kent OPP would like to remind drivers that stunt driving or racing is one of the most serious and reckless forms of aggressive driving, and it puts everyone on the road at serious risk of injury or death.

The penalties for driving 50 km/hr or more over the speed limit are as follows:

– Immediate 7-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle impoundment

– Upon conviction, $2000 to $10,000 fine, 6 demerit points, up to 6 months jail, up to 2 years licence suspension for a first conviction

– Driver’s licence suspension of up to 10 years for a second conviction within 10 years

For more information, please visit the OPP website at www.opp.ca, or visit the Ministry of Transportation website at www.mto.gov.on.ca.

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