OPP lay stunt driving charge on Highway 401 near Napanee

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A driver travelling at excessive speeds on Highway 401 is facing serious charges and penalties after an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) clocked the man driving at nearly twice the speed limit.

According to police, an officer with the OPP’s Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (TIME) team was running radar looking for speeders on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024. Just after 7:30 a.m. that day, the officer was parked on the centre median of Highway 401 near Palace Road in Greater Napanee, when he observed a vehicle “travelling at a high rate of speed toward him,” the OPP said.

“The officer activated the radar of the police vehicle and obtained a speed of 186 km/hr,” police relayed in a press release on Friday, Jan. 19, 2024.

“The vehicle was stopped without incident.”

As a result of the ensuing investigation, a 29-year-old male from Gloucester, Ont., was charged with performing a stunt while driving a motor vehicle – excessive speed (stunt driving).

The OPP said that the Gloucester man is scheduled to appear at the Provincial Offences Court in Greater Napanee at a later date. Additionally, the accused driver had his licence suspended for 30 days, and his vehicle impounded for 14 days. He will be responsible for any towing/impounding fees.

Police shared that speeding continues to be “a leading cause of serious injury collisions on provincial highways, noting that, despite Ontario implementing stiffer stunt driving laws in 2021, some motorists are “still not deterred and continue to put other’s lives at risk.”

“These driving acts are dangerous and reckless and show no regard for the safety of other motorists using our highways. We encourage the public to call 911 if they observe any driving that puts others at risk,” said Lennox & Addington (L&A) County OPP Detachment Commander Dave Tovell.

According to the L&A OPP, in 2023, speeding was a factor in five fatal collisions in the Lennox & Addington area.

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