Quoting Timmins Police communications coordinator Marc Depatie, stunt driving “is on the radar”. Three incidents since last Wednesday – including one last Tuesday night on Riverside Dr. at Pavilion Dr. prompt reaction to an obvious trend..
Depatie says traffic safety is a partnership between police and motorists, keeping in mind their safety, too.
“This isn’t something that we’re going to get used to or just make room for,” he states. “We are not going to be tolerant of this type of driving behaviour. That has to be made abundantly clear to the public.”
Officers will continue to pull speeders over. Depatie adds that TPS doesn’t mean to be unusually strict or abrupt.
“Public safety hangs in the balance here, so we have an obligation to exercise the authorities that we have. That means impounding vehicles and issuing driver’s licence suspensions.”
The impoundment is for 14 days and the licence suspension for 30. Included is a summons to appear in court to answer to the stunt driving charge.
Speeding becomes stunt driving when the speed reaches more than 40 kmh above the speed limit, if that limit is below 80km, and 50 kmh above any speed limit higher than that.