This cannot be good.
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford angrily lashed out at the 19-year-old caught doing 308 km/h on the QEW Saturday night.
“First of all that was reckless for that young man to do that. He put himself in jeopardy, his life and I guess he had one of his buddies in the car too. When I saw that, 308 kilometres, I didn’t even realize a car could go 308 kilometres an hour, 200 kilometres over the speed limit? You got to throw the book at these people, because they’re putting everyone’s lives in jeopardy when they do something that reckless and careless.”
The 19-year-old driver has been charged with stunt driving under the Highway Traffic Act as well as a criminal charge of dangerous driving. The vehicle has been impounded for seven days and his licence has been suspended for the same period of time.
Ford was asked by a reporter if he would support extending that 7 day penalty to 30 days.
“I do. Especially in that young gentleman, should even be longer than 30 days of suspension someone going 200 kilometres over the speed limit. That’s staggering. Absolutely staggering.”
The irony is that this week is Canada Road Safety Week, a national event that focuses on curbing high risk behavior on Canadian streets.