Hamilton Police make examples of speeders on social media


Published February 8, 2023 at 1:32 pm

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Hamilton Police used a pair of tweets to make examples out of two drivers who had their licences suspended due to excessive speeding. (HPS photo)

The Hamilton Police Service made examples of two drivers caught speeding in separate tweets Wednesday afternoon.

In one post, a van or SUV driven by a G1 driver appears to have been pulled over by police for travelling 91 km/h on White Church Rd. East. The posted limit is 60 km/h.

In Ontario, G1 licence holders can lose all four demerit points, leading to a licence suspension, for travelling 30 km/h or more over the limit.

In another tweet from Hamilton Police, a light-coloured Honda Civic can be seen hooked up to a tow truck on Ridge Rd.

Police say the driver was caught travelling 106 km/h — 56 km/h over the posted limit — which is considered stunt driving.

The post indicates that the driver had his vehicle impounded for 14 days and his licence suspended for 30 days.

Ontario’s definition of “stunting” has expanded over the years as the province and law enforcement try to curb dangerous driving. When the speed limit is at least 80 km/h, drivers travelling 40 km/h or more over the limit can be charged with stunting. When the limit is lower, drivers going 50 km/h over can be charged.

The penalty includes a licence suspension and vehicle impoundment. Drivers can also face jail time, a fine of up to $10,000, and a 100 per cent increase in their insurance rates.

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