Nine drivers had their vehicles impounded overnight in York Region for stunt driving, police say.
In a news release Tuesday, York Regional Police said the drivers were all caught going in excess of 50 km/h over the speed limit.
Police said there “continues to be a problem of high-speed driving during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In one of the incidents, shortly after 11 p.m. Monday, police said an officer conducting speed enforcement on Highway 50, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Vaughan, stopped a vehicle going 160 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.
In that incident, a 22-year-old from Oakville was charged with stunt driving, speeding, had the vehicle impounded and licence suspended for seven days.
Meanwhile, York police also released a video of an incident from May 4, in which police said a 16-year-old G1 driver — operating their mom’s car unaccompanied — was stopped for travelling 120 km/h in a 60 km/h zone.
The teen was charged with stunt driving, speeding, and had their licence suspended and vehicle impounded for seven days.
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Police said they are observing high speeds on relatively empty roads during the coronavirus pandemic.
From March 1 to May 11, York officers laid 306 stunt driving charges versus 149 during the same period in 2019.
Earlier this week, Ontario Provincial Police said they stopped a driver for travelling 308 km/h on the Queen Elizabeth Way.
OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said that was the fastest speed he has ever heard of someone driving.