Driver faces charges after vehicle clocked at 183 km/hr on Highway 401

Driver faces charges after vehicle clocked at 183 km/hr on Highway 401

A male driver is facing stunt driving charges after his vehicle was clocked at 183 km/hr on Tuesday in a 100 km/hr zone on Highway 401. 

Const. Clinton Stibbe, spokesperson for Toronto Police Service's Traffic Services, said the driver, 22, was stopped by an officer on the highway near Victoria Park at 6 a.m. 

The man's licence has been suspended for seven days, and his vehicle, a Audi RS7, has been impounded for seven days. The man is a G2 driver.

"This type of behaviour doesn't belong on city streets. It belongs on a racetrack," Stibbe said.

Police take aim at stunt driving, speed racing

"We have speed limits set on the roadways throughout Toronto, including the highways, that obviously are there to keep everybody safe. But when individuals make poor decisions, such as this, that puts everybody's life at risk," said Stibbe.

He said speeding is one of the main causes of fatal collisions in Toronto and across the country.

"A lot of individuals think they're not going to get caught. The reality is, you will," said Stibbe. 

The man is facing charges of stunt driving under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act and speeding, police said.

The alleged stunt driving comes as the Toronto police, along with York Regional Police, prepare to launch Project ERASE, "Eliminate Racing Activity On Streets Everywhere."

The project, to be launched Tuesday morning, is an awareness and enforcement campaign aimed at curbing stunt driving and speed racing across the Greater Toronto Area.