Young driver caught going nearly 70 km/h over speed limit in Norfolk: OPP

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The allure of an open country road proved too much for a young driver from London who was nabbed doing 149 km/h on a Norfolk County backroad Friday night, police say.

Ontario Provincial Police said in a social media post that a 19-year-old G2 driver blew past a cruiser on Forestry Farm Road at almost twice the posted speed limit of 80 km/h.

The driver’s car was immediately impounded for 14 days, as per new stunt driving rules that came into effect July 1, police said.

If convicted, the driver will lose their license for 30 days and face a minimum $2,000 fine.

“Our roadways are not race tracks,” said acting Sgt. Ed Sanchuk of Norfolk County OPP on Twitter. “Driving is a privilege, not a right.”

Sanchuk said the OPP is focused on highway safety during the holiday weekend, with an aim to put the brakes on speeding, distracted driving, and driving while impaired.

“You are going to see an increased police presence on our highways and back roadways, so please do the right thing,” Sanchuk said.

“You want to make sure you get to your destination safety.”

J.P. Antonacci, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator

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