Stunt driving on the 401

A Chatham woman faces stunt driving charges after a traffic stop on the 401.

OPP official say on February 13, 2018, around 1 a.m. a member of Chatham-Kent Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting RADAR enforcement on highway 401 near Dillon Road when they observed a westbound motor vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit of 100 km/hr.

The RADAR allegedly registered a speed in excess of 160 km/hr, police officials say.

As a result, the female driver, a 27-year-old from Chatham, has been charged with race a motor vehicle – stunt, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

She will appear in Ontario Court of Justice on March 28, 2018 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,” OPP official say.

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.

Speeding in poor conditions

OPP officials say on February 9, 2018, around 11:45 p.m., a Chatham-Kent OPP officer was conducting RADAR enforcement on Highway 401 near Charing Cross Road when they observed an eastbound motor vehicle exceeding the posted speed limit of 100 km/hr.

The RADAR allegedly registered a speed in excess of 130 km/hr.

The motor vehicle was stopped and due to poor weather and road conditions, the male driver, a 25-year-old from Hamilton, Ontario has been charged with the following offences:

– Careless driving, contrary to the Highway Traffic Act, and

– Fail to surrender insurance card, contrary to the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act.

“Driving too fast for road conditions is the number one cause of winter collisions,” OPP officials stated.

“Allow yourself extra time to get to and from your destination. If the weather is uncertain, check the forecast before heading out and monitor the media outlets for any updates.”