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Bad Way to Start the Day

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Written by Patti Foley

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at approximately 5:32 am, an officer from the Traffic Unit of the Caledon OPP Detachment was conducting radar enforcement on Highway 10 near Highpoint Side Road when he observed a grey 2007 Honda Odyssey travelling at a high rate of speed above the posted speed limit. The officer activated the radar unit and determined the speed of the vehicle to be 153 km/hr. in a posted 80 km/hr. zone.

Upon conducting a traffic stop with the violator, the officer discovered 8 occupants inside the minivan. Subsequently, Jia Xiang LIU, 41, of Scarborough was charged with Race a Motor Vehicle. The male received a 7-day licence suspension and his motor vehicle was seized for a period of 7 days as a result of the stunt driving charge.

Each and everyday officers throughout the province are confronted with drivers that put their safety and the safety of their passengers at risk, not to mention other innocent motorists and road users. Caledon OPP would like to remind motorists that an essential part of the enforcement job is to save lives and reduce injuries on our roadways.

Want to know the penalties for driving 50 kph over the speed limit?

The penalties are as follows:

Pre-conviction – Immediate 7-day licence suspension and 7-day vehicle impoundment
Upon conviction – $2,000 to $10,000 fine, 6 demerit points, up to 6 months jail, up to 2 years licence suspension for a first conviction
Second offence – Driver licence suspension up to 10 years within 10 years of first conviction
The following demerit point penalties apply to drivers convicted of a speed-related offence. Remember, if you collect enough demerit points, you can lose your driver’s licence:
3 points for exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h
4 points for exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h
6 points for exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more

About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.