Driver Nearly Triples Speed Limit

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:57 p.m. July 15, 2014
Updated: 1:59 p.m. July 15, 2014

In the last six months, residents in the Greenwood & Walpole Aves. community have expressed concerns about motorists indulging in excessive speed through their neighbourhood.

A view of a four-lane street with commercial buildings on the left and residential buildings on the right
A driver was caught doing 111 km/h in the 40 km/h zone driving southbound on Greenwood Ave. This Google Map street view looks north from Walpole Ave.

It didn’t take police long to realize the fears were real when they showed up at the busy intersection on July 11.

A 23-year-old Toronto man was charged after an officer registered his speed at 111 km/h in a 40 km/h zone. He faces a charge of stunt driving – driving 50 km/h over the speed limit, his G2 license was suspended for seven days and the vehicle he was driving was impounded for a similar period.

Staff Sergeant Andy Richardson, of 55 Division, said residents have been complaining persistently about speeding drivers along Greenwood Ave. that has a bike lane and schools.

“This was 3.30 pm. in the afternoon where we had a driver, who is not fully licensed, doing an alarming speed differential on Greenwood south,” he said. “At that rate of speed, you can cause serious injury to yourself, your passengers and people using the road. Clearly, you would not be able to stop the vehicle before something very bad happens.

There is no place on city streets in Toronto for driving at such a high rate of speed.

“In, addition, this is not an offence where you are given a ticket and allowed to drive away. You have to make a court appearance and this could result in a fine upwards of $2,000 and even jail time. The Ministry can also look at this and reduce the offender to G1 or extend the G2. Motorists must realize that driving is a privilege and not a right and there are serious ramifications if you break the law.”

Constable Clint Stibbe, of Traffic Services, urged motorists to drive with care on city streets.

“Speed in excess of 100 km is considered highway speed,” he said. “There is no place on city streets in Toronto for driving at such a high rate of speed. The Toronto Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is on the look-out for this kind of behaviour and we will stop you.”

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