Top 10 Speeders in Canada

Posted February 25, 2011 by in News | 1 comment

A Quebec driver was recently nabbed driving 240 km/h on a Montreal highway. The kicker? The 20 year old wasn’t even busting a 100 km/h zone – he was exceeding the l imit by more than three times the posted 70 km/h. Most Canadians are guilty of driving over the speed limit at some point or another.

Perhaps you’ve driven 60 km/h in a 50 km/h zone, or have gone with the flow of other motorists doing 115 km/h on the highway. MSN Autos does not condone speeding, though we recognize that most of us are guilty of pushing the speedometer needle at some point. Though for a select few Canadians, they’ve been busted driving far too fast. At least 10 have been caught driving 200 km/h – or more – on public roads.

Here are their stories, and the whopping penalties they received.

  • Ferrari vs. BMW

A Ferrari racing a BMW on a racetrack isn’t that unusual, but on public roads? Not a great idea. In September 2010, witnesses called police to report that two vehicles – a BMW and Ferrari – were racing at “very high speeds” on the public road up to the Mount Seymour ski area, northeast of Vancouver. Both drivers were caught at speeds “up to 200 km/h,” had their cars impounded for seven days, and were issued almost $1,000 in traffic fines for excessive speeding and driving without due care and attention.
Source: CBC News

  • Intended acceleration

In a rare case of “intended acceleration,” a Thornhill, Ont., man was charged under the province’s “stunt driving” laws after allegedly driving twice the limit in October 2010. Police stopped the white Lexus, travelling more than double the 100 km/h speed limit, on Highway 407 north of Toronto.
Source: CBC News

  • Snow didn’t slow this driver

Police clocked a driver for doing 205 km/h in a 110-km/h zone on Highway 19 in Campbell River, B.C., in November 2010. However, due to snow-covered roads, the cops decided it was unsafe to pursue the speeder. A roadblock was set up near Courtenay, B.C., where the speeder was stopped and arrested. Amazingly, the driver had only recently obtained his licence. He was charged with excessive speeding, failing to produce a driver’s licence, was fined $468 and had his car impounded.
Source: The Victoria Times Colonist

  • A speeding Corolla? Seriously.

In February 2010, an Ontario Provincial Police officer on radar patrol clocked a Toyota Corolla travelling 208 km/h on Highway 400 near Barrie, Ont. The OPP officer pursued. After witnessing the Corolla driver cross all three lanes to exit the highway, then blow through a red light, the vehicle was pulled over and the officer detected alcohol on the driver’s breath. A Springwater Township, Ont., man was charged with “stunt driving” and two charges relating to impaired driving. His Corolla was impounded and his driver’s licence was suspended for 90 days.
Source: The Barrie Examiner

  • Journalists aren’t immune to laws

Philippe Laguë, a Quebec TV personality and columnist for Montreal’s Le Devoir, demonstrated that automotive journalists can’t escape the long arm of the law. Laguë was nabbed doing 222 km/h in a 100 km/h zone just outside of Longueuil, Que., at the wheel of a 425-hp 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 press car. Laguë stated that just before being pulled over, he had “made an error of judgment.” We’re inclined to agree. Dodge made light of the whole situation by placing a tongue-in-cheek classified ad in a variety of Quebec newspapers. Roughly translated, it read, “Drove fast, fast, fast. For sale fast, fast, fast,” followed by a phone number that provided more information about the car – and a pearl of wisdom to only drive fast, fast, fast on a racetrack.
Source: The Toronto Star

  • How to lose your motorbike

Driving over 200 km/h on four wheels on public roads is one thing, but on two wheels? In July 2009, a Saskatchewan motorcyclist was clocked by police radar doing 210 km/h on a stretch of Saskatoon’s Idyllwild Freeway. With the police in hot pursuit, it wasn’t until the biker was slowed by traffic that the authorities were able to pull him over, charge him with dangerous driving and seize his motorcycle.
Source: CBC News

  • How to lose your bike: Part II

If you thought 210 km/h on two wheels was fast, how about a pair of motorcyclists in Quebec’s Eastern Townships who were nabbed driving 220 km/h on a on a highway in in September 2010?Like the Saskatchewan biker, both were arrested for speeding, dangerous driving and had their rides impounded.
Source: CBC News

  • How to earn 42 demerit points

A Bimmer SUV driver probably thought he could get away with speeding at 3 a.m. on Montreal’s Ville-Marie Expressway in February 2011. The BMW X6 driver was caught racing to 240 km/h in a 70 km/h zone. While that speed is nothing to sneeze at, it wasn’t a Canadian record, but the fines were. In addition to the $2,598 ticket, and a six-month driver’s licence suspension, the BMW driver also received a record 42 demerit points.
Source: CBC News

  • The penalty for driving 242 km/h

While 240 km/h isn’t exactly “slow,” another Quebec driver was caught at slightly higher speeds. According to SAAQ, Quebec’s auto insurance board, police stopped a driver moving at 242 km/h. But he was driving in a 100-km/h zone and “only” lost 36 demerit points.
Source: CBC News

  • Ticket to ride

An Albertan motorcyclist was caught driving at 263 km/h on Highway 16 between Edson and Hinton, Alta., about 280 km west of Edmonton. When the case went to court, amazingly, the judge allowed the motorcyclist to keep his licence if he paid a $12,000 fine. “The speed was unusual to begin with,” said RCMP Sgt. Ron Lyons, pointing out the maximum fine for speeding in the province is $25,000. “But I haven’t seen fines that high, ever.”
Source: CBC News

  • Honourable mention: The 198 km/h Camaro

A motorist was clocked at nearly twice Ontario’s 100-km/h speed limit on the four-lane Highway 401 near Nappanee in October 2010. Ontario Provincial Police said a Camaro “roared past” their marked cruisers just before 4 a.m. in the eastbound lanes. Unable to catch up to the speeding vehicle, they simply radioed ahead to their law enforcement colleagues who pulled over the car. The Camaro driver from LaSalle, Que., was clocked at 198 km/h and was charged under Ontario’s “stunt driving” law. The law calls for an immediate, seven-day licence suspension, seizure of the vehicle for seven days, and, upon conviction, the loss of six demerit points and a minimum fine of $2,000.
Source: The Whig-Standard

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One Response to “Top 10 Speeders in Canada”

  1. Both drivers were caught at speeds “up to 200 km/h lol

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