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Teen driver clocked at 239 km/h, police say

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Not car related, but driving related..found it interesting. For those not famaliar with the converstions, 239km/h is about 150mph. This is from a Toronto Newspaper:

A Barrie-area teenager has been stripped of his driving privileges after a car was seen speeding at 239 km/h in an 80 km/h zone.

Huronia West OPP were on a routine patrol at 1:50 a.m. yesterday when they spotted a Lincoln LLS northbound on Highway 26, north of Barrie.

The car was being driven erratically before it was finally pulled over in Midhurst, police said, adding there were four other individuals under 18 in the vehicle.

A 17-year-old youth from Springwater township is charged with street racing, careless driving and failure to surrender his licence. He is to appear in Wasaga Beach provincial court on June 17.

Police laid 163 street racing charges during the OPP's long weekend blitz and seized as many cars, mostly operated by young men in their early 20s or late teens.

In the GTA alone, there were about 300 accidents since the blitz began on Friday. Official statistics will not be available until later today.

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Ontario's street racing law allows officers to immediately impound the offenders car. According to the article:

"...his car has been seized and will be held for seven days. His licence has been suspended. If convicted, a driver travelling more than 50 km/h over the speed limit faces a fine ranging from a minimum of $2,000 up to $10,000."

The law kicks in anytime someone is caught exceeding the limit by 50 km/h or more (about 30 mph). Obviously, the emphasis here is on "more."

The "highway" in question is actually a road, not a divided, Interstate-type freeway. According to what I could see in Google Maps, its four-lanes in some section and two lane in others.

Driving at 240 km/h on a road with regular intersections is downright criminal. Plus, it was at night, meaning that even with high beams, the driver was grossly overdriving his lights.

I like to drive a bit quick .. but this was way over the top!
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