Stupid People Alert!!!
I’m Proud of Canadian Highway Police for finding some particularly stupid people in a weekend crackdown last weekend. The story is below in its entirety from TheStar.com.
Motorists driven to distraction
Children as ballast, duct-taped windshields — OPP see it all
650 charged in weekend crackdown
None of them should have been in the car.
Waved over by highway police for a baby-seat inspection, the driver of a black Cavalier at first tried to duck in behind a trailer and switch positions.
It turned out the car’s plates and licence sticker were stolen and the driver had no insurance. What’s more, the man and his female passenger had suspended licences, and he was wanted on outstanding warrants ranging from theft to assault. Plus he “wasn’t supposed to be within 100 metres of the female in the car, as the result of an earlier court order,” OPP Sergeant Cam Woolley said.
The car was towed; the woman and her 8-month-old baby were taken to a women’s shelter; the man was arrested.
That was one
of the more interesting stops encountered in the first major highway crackdown of the season, as Ontario Provincial Police concentrated on violators cruising 400-series highways on the long weekend.
At least 650 people were charged and nearly 200 unsafe vehicles were removed from the highways during operation SMART-Trek. More than 480 were nabbed for speeding.
As drivers returned from cottage country last night, officers were shaking their heads over wacky and potentially risky situations they had encountered.
One of the more inventive excuses for speeding came from a 24-year-old claiming he “rarely drove” because he was “nervous on the highway,” Woolley said.
“He was caught doing 150 in a rented Jeep and said he thought if he went fast, he would spend less time on the highway.”
A 27-year-old driver clocked at 138 km/h in a BMW convertible offered a classic, saying he was running out of gas and had to get to a gas station “faster.”
Few matched the disregard for safety shown by a 27-year-old Plymouth Breeze driver who not only failed to put on a seat belt but let four children in the back seat go without as well.
“To make matters worse, the guy’s bucket seat was broken and a 12-year-old in the back seat was holding on to his seat to keep it steady as he drove along Highway 400,” Woolley said. The car was towed, the driver charged with f
A 56-year-old man from Concord won an officers’ straw poll as the worst of the bunch, for “wildly slaloming” in traffic in the rain and fog at 185 km/h. Police received numerous cellphone complaints, but before an officer caught up to him, the Jetta driver crashed sideways into the guardrail, Woolley said. He was charged with dangerous and impaired driving and driving with an open bottle of liquor.
Some of the odder catches:
A woman caught driving 130 km/h told the officer she was rushing home because she was sick. “Moments later, she threw up, and the officer gave her a bottle of water and let her go with a warning,” Woolley said.
A Pontiac Firefly was towed because its windshield was held together with duct tape.