In a social media post entitled #ByeByeCar, a Halton Regional Police officer says a G2 driver has been charged with stunt driving and had their SUV seized after seven students were found inside the vehicle — two of whom were in the trunk.
Const. Marc Taraso, a veteran traffic enforcement officer who works in Oakville, first posted details of the situation on Twitter Friday afternoon. He later told Global News in a statement that he pulled the driver, who was only identified as a “young person,” over on Cornwall Road near Ford Drive just after 12 p.m. in the town’s south end.
“The trunk on this vehicle is the rear crumple zone. Had they been rear-ended in a collision, we would be looking at catastrophic injuries or death,” Taraso wrote on Twitter.
Under Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act, driving a vehicle “with a person in the trunk of the motor vehicle” is considered an act of stunt driving.
Taraso said the driver was charged with stunt driving and the two young persons in the trunk were ticketed for failing to “occupy a position with a seat belt.” He said the SUV was impounded and their driver’s licence was suspended for a week.
The accused was ordered to attend court at a future date.