Not nice; Hamilton driver nabbed going 69 over the speed limit

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Published August 18, 2022 at 1:21 pm

A Hamilton driver was charged and had their vehicle towed after they were stopped while zooming along at nearly 150 km/h — or 69 over the posted speed limit.

For the third day in a row, police in Hamilton made an example of a motorist they pulled over who was well over the threshold of the Ontario stunt driving law. A tweet from the Hamilton Police (HPS) says that a driver was stopped travelling at 149 km/h on the Red Hill Valley Parkway, where the speed limit is 80. The driver would have faced the automatic seizure of their licence, a 14-day vehicle impound, and a 30-day vehicle suspension, under the provisions of the provincial law against excessive speeding that was beefed-up last year.

The stiffened penalties came into effect just weeks after the City of Hamilton lowered the speed limit on the Red Hill from 100 km/h to 80 km/h.

(Editor’s note: the driver’s licence plate is blacked out in the original HPS photo.)

Wednesday, HPS apprehended a driver who was travelling at 134 km/h in a 60 zone on rural Binbrook Road.

Tuesday, HPS had a BMW towed when a driver was stopped in the west end doing 100 in a 60 zone, without insurance

The maximum fine for stunt driving in Ontario is $10,000, and the maximum prison time is six months. The threshold is 50 km/h or more above the speed limit in an 80 zone or higher, and 40 or more above in a 70 zone or lower.

Hamilton has had 15 traffic deaths during the first 7½ months of this year. That is three more than in all of 2021, and that tally of 12 was also the highest in a decade.

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