As the police mention in the news release, "you decide your speed, physics decides whether you live or die."

A man was charged by Toronto police going 203 kilometres per hour in a 60 km/h zone early on Monday morning, and we can't for the life of us figure out why someone would need to go that fast on a public road. To echo what police said in a tweet that day, it's lucky no one was killed as a result.

According to a news release, the man was allegedly driving a 2015 Acura (no model has been specified) in Scarborough on Victoria Park Avenue at 2:17 AM. The street can get very busy during the day, but was likely very empty that early in the morning. It's a good thing, too, because with that kind of speed involved, all sorts of bad things could happen.

 

Police say the man didn't attempt to get away from law enforcement, and no high-speed pursuit occurred. Under the stunt driving law in Ontario, the accused had his driver's licence suspended for seven days, and his vehicle was impounded for the same amount of time, although Const. Clint Stibbe, spokesperson for Toronto Police Service's Traffic Services, told the CBC that there was no arrest.

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The stunt driving law was enacted in 2007, and results in the aforementioned licence suspension and vehicle impounding for anyone caught going 50 km/h or more over the speed limit. We're thinking a new law should be enacted for anyone going 143 km/h over the posted limit.

As the police mention in the news release, "you decide your speed, physics decides whether you live or die."

The stunt driving charge comes during the annual "That Text or Call Could End It All" campaign in Toronto this week, which sees officers incorporating a police-branded Cadillac hearse when pulling over distracted drivers. The vehicle, which is on loan from a funeral services provider, is meant to catch the attention of drivers, showing them what could be waiting for them if they don't put down their phone while behind the wheel.

Source: Toronto Police Service

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