Edmonton drivers charged in possible street racing
Watch above: Police say they pulled over two drivers who were treating a road in the north end like a race track, going three times the speed limit. Kendra Slugoski reports.
EDMONTON – Two drivers are facing charges after being caught travelling nearly three times the legal limit in north Edmonton.
Police say an officer on a police motorcycle saw two high-end vehicles weaving in and out of traffic at high rates of speed on 137 Avenue and Castle Downs Road on Monday evening.
The Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG and BMW M5 were recorded on a radar going 160 kilometres per hour in a 60 zone.
The officer pulled over the two vehicles.
Ahmad Sayed Abou Alhassan, 26, and Jamal Ibrahim Smilley, 21, have both been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
“We all hear speed kills. yada yada yada. But the actual physics…at that speed in ideal conditions — provided you’re not skidding, your tires don’t lock up and you’re not on gravel — you’re looking at 328 metres before the vehicle comes to a rest,” said Sgt. David Green of the Edmonton Police Service.
He said that means a driver would need to be aware of anything that’s three blocks ahead.
“The odds of getting into a collision at that speed are astronomical.”
Monday’s incident happened two days after an alleged street racing incident on Wayne Gretzky Drive, where two vehicles lost control and went into a ravine.
Edmonton police say there have been 248 mandatory court tickets issued for excessive speeding in the city, which is more than 50 km/h over the posted speed limit, and 21,666 speeding tickets.
Last year, there were 369 mandatory court tickets and 32,406 speeding tickets issued.
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