Garbage Truck Bagged For Street Racing

garbage truck bagged for street racing

Here's another one for TTAC's new Whisky Tango Foxtrot category… Ontario's new anti-street racing laws were enforced for the first time when a garbage truck was clocked doing about 70mph in a 40 mph zone. The Record reports that the Great Lakes Waste Management truck would be impounded for seven days, and the driver's license suspended for a week– on top of a $2,000 fine for street-racing. The citation has caused the Ontario police to expand its investigations into alleged street racing beyond the initial targets ("young men in cars," surprise, surprise). Their undue diligence now includes commercial vehicles. "The more we apply this new legislation, we're seeing this problem is across the board," says Ontario Police constable Joanna Van Mierlo. That, or garbage truck drivers are far more dedicated to time efficiency than previously thought. Talk about going like stink! [thanks to QuasiMondo for the link]

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  • RedStapler RedStapler on Apr 28, 2008

    I'm amazed that the truck would even do 70mph. Most urban vocational trucks have a relatively small motor (6-9L) with low gearing; Most top out around 55-60mph. On top of that almost all company owned trucks have a governor set at 62-65 for liability and fuel economy purposes.

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Apr 28, 2008

    Yet another case of everyone thinking a new law is so great, then realizing that it won't just be the other guys getting nailed.

  • Shaker Shaker on Apr 29, 2008

    Maybe the Waste Management driver was speeding away from an animated, advancing greenscape and incessantly singing birds; they say garbage fumes can be toxic like da mushrooms.

  • Rtx Rtx on Apr 29, 2008

    Welcome to Communist Ontario, Canada! In this province you can be stopped, charged with "street racing" (doesn't a "race" need more then one contestant??) and based on the ACCUSATION of someone wearing a badge have: A) your drivers licence suspended for a week B) your vehicle towed and impounded for a week after which you will pay for the tow and pay for the weeks storage. C) a day in court where (again, based on a single ACCUSATION by a police officer) you WILL be fined a minimum of $2000 and up to $10000 depending on the mood of the judge and the presentation of the accusing officer. D) an insurance "adjustment" of roughly 50% or in the case of a driver who has already had a couple of infractions the total denial of auto insurance by his insuring company. It is important to note that no collaborating evidence is required by the officer and he does not need video evidence or the testimony of another officer to have you convicted. His word is law and trumps anything you have to say. In Ontario, Canada police officers NEVER lie in court. Nor are they ever in error in the performance of their job by targeting the wrong vehicle with their radar equipment. Much like their boss Julian Fantino they are superhuman. When Fantino and his pals in government forced this law down our throats they also enacted the same penalty for "stunting". What is stunting? Stunting can be jumping a green light to make a left hand turn ahead of a slow moving semi. It can be raising the front or rear wheel of your motorcycle in a "dangerous" manner. It can be anything that your OPP supercop wants it to be and it will cost you lots of $$$ to fight in court. Remember....you have already been convicted on the side of the road by having your licence and vehicle taken from you. Drivers rights in Ontario...we have NONE!

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