Police clock driver travelling more than three times speed limit in 50 km/h zone
KITCHENER -- A driver was charged with stunt driving after police said they were clocked travelling 154 km/h in a 50 km/h zone early Thursday morning.
In a tweet, officials said the driver was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. on Heroux Drive in Cambridge.
Police said the driver was also charged with speeding and careless driving. The vehicle was impounded and the driver's licence was suspended.
At Wednesday's Police Services Board meeting, officials said speeding and stunt driving have been a problem in the region during the pandemic.
"We saw drivers take advantage of open roads," Staff Sgt. Mark Hammer said during the meeting.
There were 285 stunt driving offences in 2020, nearly double the 143 offences in 2019.
Police also handed out 10,189 speeding tickets in 2020, a 40 per cent increase over the 7,253 tickets issued in 2019.
As of Wednesday, officers had already issued 647 speeding tickets in the month of April.
Regional police will be keeping an eye on the top five locations where people have been caught stunt driving, which is defined as people going at least 50 kilometres over the speed limit.
However, they said enforcement isn't a long-term solution.
"It's got to be a community buy in of people saying and understanding over their 20 kilometre commute in, what does the difference of 20 kilometres make," Hammer said. "It makes seconds, maybe a minute, and we need to get the community to understand that and reduce their speed and kind of set that example for everybody else."