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Police report spate of weekend stunt driving offences

04/23/2013 06:58 EDT | Updated 06/23/2013 05:12 EDT
Toronto police charged 11 people with stunt driving in the same weekend, all involving men from the city and its surrounding areas.

On Tuesday, police released details on some of the alleged stunt-driving incidents that officers had reported between Friday and Monday:

Acting Supt. Gord Jones of the traffic services unit said that the stunt-driving charges laid in Toronto accounted for almost a quarter of all such charges laid in the province over this same period.

Jones could not explain to reporters why police had seen so many cases in just a few days.

"Spring fever, perhaps? People combining alcohol and their driving and fast cars?" he said.

In one case, a driver was allegedly caught driving at 185 km/h.

At that speed, Jones said a car would move the length of a hockey rink in just 1.2 seconds. That same vehicle would need a stretch of roadway more than three hockey rinks long to come to a stop.

In Ontario, a person accused of stunt driving can have their driver’s licence immediately suspended for seven days. A vehicle can also be impounded for the same time period.

"It's a privilege to drive, not a right," said Jones.

"If you make a choice to drive aggressively, to drive impaired, to drive distracted or without a seatbelt on Toronto roads and choose to risk the safety of all road users, we will be there and we will get you."

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