By on April 3, 2017

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The Ontario Provincial Police set up a traffic stop on Highway 400 over the weekend to halt a mob of motorists engaging in an illegal road rally. On Sunday, the department received numerous reports of vehicles driving aggressively and passing on the shoulder at speeds in excess of 150 kilometers an hour — 93 mph — on Highway 407 and Highway 400, north of Toronto.

Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the OPP tweeted that at least 12 drivers charged with stunt driving had their vehicles impounded. Among the towed cars were an Audi R8, Mercedes-AMG C 63, Lamborghini Huracan, Porsche 911, BMW M3, Nissan GT-R, Jaguar XF, and a Chevrolet Corvette Z06. 

Early reports coming from CTV News and the Toronto Star indicated that the speeders were taking part in an event known as the North Face Rally. The official website for the rally features clips of high-end sports cars intercut with greasy nightclub footage of affluent individuals having a good time. However, with the possible exception of one BMW swiftly merging onto the expressway, the site shows no obvious instances of speeding.

A legal representative of the accused group believes the claims of dangerous driving are inflated, due to the cars involved.

“They did get intercepted at the wrong place at the wrong time,” lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo said. “I think what had happened is that some witnesses had called in about cars driving fast. I mean if you’re driving on the 400 doing 80 kilometres an hour and somebody passes by doing 110 and you see it’s a Lamborghini or Ferrari, right away ‘oh that guy’s speeding’ and you know they claim those as witnesses. Mind you there are no witnesses. Police are asking for witnesses.”

While roughly 50 drivers were stopped by police on Sunday, only 12 were charged with stunt driving. Sgt. Schmidt’s Instagram featured photos of the vehicles as they were seized in Barrie, ON.

“They are not going to be arrested per se but they will all lose their driver’s licenses for one week and their vehicles are all being impounded for seven days as well,” Schmidt said in an interview. “They will have to speak to a judge to determine what monetary penalties will be on that.”

Ontario, for whatever reason, calls any overly enthusiastic or incredibly dumb automotive activity “stunt driving.” The law encompasses everything from excessive speeding (50 km/h over the limit) to road rage, doughnuts, driving on a bet, letting someone ride in the trunk, and even popping wheelies — assuming you’re on a motorcycle.

The punishment for stunt driving is pretty stiff, too. At a bare minimum you’ll see your vehicle impounded, get slapped with a $2,000 fine, and be stripped of your license for a time. Of course, that’s only if it’s your first offense. Repeat offenders risk more lengthy suspension periods, larger fines, and possible jail time.

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59 Comments on “High-end Rides Impounded for ‘Stunt Driving’ as Cops Put Kibosh on Rally...”


  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    Lame, ehy?

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    You down wit OPP?

  • avatar
    JimC2

    The Ontario Provincial Police don’t think much of Bud [the Spud]

  • avatar
    operagost

    No witnesses? So the police didn’t catch this guys by tailing them or using radar? They just went by the speed estimates of some schmucks?

    Now, if you pass someone on the shoulder, that’s obviously reckless and stupid. But using motorists’ claim of “speeding” as evidence is nonsense.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      they’re not quite as bad as Virginia, but Ontario does not f*** around about speeding.

      • 0 avatar
        VM

        Really??? Speeding enforcement in Ontario is… lax… in my experience. Slow on most 400-series highways is 115km/h, with lots of people driving 120+.

        And let’s not get started on urban traffic – lots of places where the speed limit is 60km/h, everybody drives at 80-90km/h.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          I guess it’s different if you have Michigan plates.

        • 0 avatar
          scott25

          Agree with this. People generally drive 20-30 km/h over the limit everywhere, you only seem to see vehicles pulled over if they’re something flashy, late at night, or if they whipped past you going like 30 km/h faster than you earlier when you were already going 20 over the limit.

          I much more commonly see speeders pulled over when I’m in US.

        • 0 avatar
          boobypoomanhoo

          I’m an Ontarian and nah, 115km/h is a blessing on most 400 series highways unless you’re on them post 10pm. You might get to 115-120 km/h but it’s rarely for long and inevitably you’re slowed right down by slower cars parked in your lane. In my experience (daily) people rarely treat the left lane as anything more than another lane to occupy. Even on weekends highways like the 404/427/400/410 aren’t moving much faster. And God help us all with the 401, that’s just its own beast entirely. The 400 gets better once you’re beyond the GTA, but even that’s spotty as sometimes it can be slow all the way to Barrie (roughly 50km or 32-35 mi from the northern limits of the GTA). And once cottage season has started, the 400 is a shit storm all the way to Barrie. The 407, on the other hand, yes, what you said applies to the 407. But that’s an expensive toll highway with very few heavy trucks. And 80-90 in urban traffic? My experience is with the GTA and I’m assuming it’s not much different with the other major urban areas in Ontario, again, nah, unless you’re talking post 8/9 pm during the week. In the newer suburbs of the GTA you could get away with average speeds of 80-90, in off hours, but you’re practically begging for a ticket at that point

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            The QEW and 401 also seem to have had the odd problem or two of dump trucks driving with the dump thing sticking up.

          • 0 avatar
            VM

            I’m originally from Ottawa, though now living in the GTA. Ottawa is full of roads with 60km/h speed limits where everybody drives 80km/h and some drive 95km/h. Now, obviously, this isn’t at rush hour, but I’d say it’s most of the rest of the time.

            I don’t think people drive slower in the GTA… unless traffic forces them to, which it often does. And the GTA definition of ‘rush hour’ is quite a few hours more than in Ottawa.

            With the 400 highways, the GTA is a different beast, but once you get east of Bowmanville on the 401, I think it’s mostly as I’ve described. I’ve certainly been passed by plenty of people while I’m in the right lane at 115-120. Same with the 416, which is a very low traffic road…

  • avatar
    mason

    The Fast and the Canucks.

  • avatar
    OldManPants

    Since no one cares about racing anymore shouldn’t there be numerous unused racetracks where this sort of thing could be encouraged for a usage fee and signing a waiver including all medical liability, EMS and transport?

    Dried up regional airports, too, maybe.

  • avatar
    sirwired

    Forgive me, but I’m not entirely buying the lawyer’s claim that there “are no witnesses”. Just because the police are asking for witnesses is not nearly the same thing as not having any already.

    • 0 avatar
      Cestode

      I witnessed it, and hundreds of others did too I’m sure. My wife and I pulled out of the IKEA in Vaughn and were greeted with a blocked merge lane due to about 50 exotic cars purposely stopped there to pose or adjust their externally-mounted GoPro camera’s. Once we got going it got bad real quick. I’m actually surprised there wasn’t a major accident based on what I saw. I was conflicted though, as an enthusiast, as I was both delighted and terrified by what I saw.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        The “We had reports of…”, isn’t actual evidence enough to charge. It’s what we call “hearsay”. The OPP is scrambling for civilian dash-cam/phone footage.

    • 0 avatar
      boobypoomanhoo

      Tonnes of witnesses, as it was on the 400. I’m sure, by now, they’ve got all the witnesses they need.

  • avatar
    redapple

    I lived in Buffalo and Detroit for many years. Side trips to Ontario were frequent.

    With thousands of mile of driving in Canada under my belt, I can say this. The OPP is badass.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    RCMP in the lower mainland BC have impounded multiple high end cars for street racing. Some of them had “novice” licence’s.
    We have an automatic impound for 40 kph (25 mph) over the posted speed limit.

  • avatar
    Wacko

    I think you mean CTV news and not CVT news.

  • avatar
    mikey

    I live in Ontario. Unless your phenomenally stupid, or live in a cave, everybody knows the game. You get caught 50 klicks over, your walking for a week, and your vehicle goes to jail. If convicted , your looking at $2000 fine, and with tow costs, and storage, at least another $500 to release your vehicle…

    Those dudes knew what they were doing. My guess, with cars of that calibre , they can afford the legal costs, fines , etc…I learned at a very young age..You do not f— with the O.P.P.

    Sorry guys..Take it to the track.

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      “Unless you’re phenomenally stupid, or live in a cave, everybody knows the game.”

      They put up giant signs about this, along all the major highways, over 20 years ago. You really would be phenomenally stupid to have no idea. I haven’t been up there in a while but IIRC the bottom line on all those signs is “150km/h = $10,000 and mandatory impound” (I might have paraphrased that a bit).

      Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Anybody who is upset about the “injustice” ought to look elsewhere for lower hanging fruit on the great government injustice tree… there are far more worthy causes to get behind than defending these idiots from losing their cars for a week.

  • avatar
    deanst

    While 100 is the posted limit on the 400 series highways, everyone in the left lane is doing 120 and the OPP does not care. Not sure if this is worse or better than certain American jurisdictions where going 2 mph over the limit will get you an invite to come back to the station and a longer visit if you don’t have the cash to pay immediately.

    • 0 avatar
      notapreppie

      This is about right for periods outside of rush hour in/around Chicago.

      Many (all?) US states have “flow of traffic” laws. If traffic is flowing at speeds lower than the minimum or higher than the maximum limit then it’s legal to go those speeds (otherwise you become a significant safety hazard).

  • avatar
    orick

    There were a couple speeding incidents causing death in the past year or so. There was one where 3 young children and their grandfather was killed. OPP takes this very seriously.

    On saying that, I ran across a meet from these guys last summer down by the lake shore and it seems pretty well organized. They had guys in hi vis vests directing traffic when they started cruising out of the parking lot iirc. There were quite a few really nice cars to look at.

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      That one wasn’t really about speeding. Sure he was speeding by doing 85 km/hr when he drove right through the stop sign and killed those people, but he was also so drunk he pissed himself and could barely stand.

    • 0 avatar
      rpn453

      That one wasn’t really about speeding. Sure he was speeding by doing 85 km/hr when he drove right through the stop sign and killed those people, but he was also so drunk he urinated on himself and could barely stand.

  • avatar
    Hamilton Guy

    I drive the 403/401 from Hamilton to London once or twice a month. I set the cruise control just under 130KPH (about 80MPH) and do not get bothered by the OPP at all. So you have to be really booting it to draw their attention. Also the 400 from Toronto to Barrie is a very heavily traveled highway at almost any time of the day and any day of the week.

    • 0 avatar
      TCragg

      The defacto speed limit in Ontario is 120 on controlled-access highways. My dad worked the 401 and 402 for 30 years with OPP traffic enforcement. Unless there was egregious behaviour like weaving or other shenanigans, he wouldn’t waste his time chasing down anyone under 120.

  • avatar
    dougjp

    100 has been about the speed limit since bias ply tires, drum brakes and non existent suspensions, so the OPP better not care about 120 or even 130. And they don’t, I’ve passed radar traps and, like everyone else doing these speeds, not bothered reacting to them being visible. But there is “a line” and seemingly anyone with a brain knows not to cross it. These idiots are exceptions.

    I had to laugh when I read in the article ” Ontario, for whatever reason….”. In Ontario, reason isn’t a term that’s used. ;)

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    “They did get intercepted at the wrong place at the wrong time,” lawyer Amedeo DiCarlo said. “I think what had happened is that some witnesses had called in about cars driving fast. I mean if you’re driving on the 400 doing 80 kilometres an hour and somebody passes by doing 110 and you see it’s a Lamborghini or Ferrari, right away ‘oh that guy’s speeding’ and you know they claim those as witnesses. Mind you there are no witnesses. Police are asking for witnesses.”

    I find it real hard to feel empathy for a bunch of street racers in high end cars that can afford a lawyer to spin it to the media.

  • avatar
    \m/ Sergeant Death \m/

    “..at speeds in excess of 150 kilometers an hour — 93 mph…”

    Whoopdedoo. I regularly do 150-180km/h on my commute to work, but then again, it’s a unrestricted speed zone on an Autobahn. When I’m late, I’ll do 200km/h or about 120MPH in my 09 Jetta TDI (yes, a buyback, and VW can’t get their shit together for military overseas… I’ll probably have to ship it back on my own dime since I have another vehicle the government will ship).

    Now I’m not passing on the shoulder, although I’ve wanted to when a pensioner is in the left lane passing lines of trucks at 100km/h (remember the “55 and alive” slogan in the US and how some baby boomers-seniors still do it?).

    • 0 avatar
      JimC2

      I pass those left lane slowpokes on the right and then hose them off with my windshield washers. What I mean for that is I hold down the washer for several seconds or more as I’m pulling away. I did this so much that both of my washer nozzles actually cracked and broke. With the RainX fluid and doing this so much, it makes the windshield repel water very, very well making driving in heavy rain is quite a lot easier. With el cheapo fluid with a high ammonia content, it is quite satisfying in a different way as the fluid I’m spraying on those @#$*& slowpokes has a strong urea smell.

      Gotta get my kicks legally somehow. I might as well do it with some pro-social behavior such as this (punish those who impede traffic).

      • 0 avatar
        JuniperBug

        Passing on the right in Germany is most decidedly not “getting your kicks legally.” That’ll get you face time with the police very quickly, not to mention the drivers around you thinking you’re a psychopath.

        If you’re used to only North American driving etiquette, Germany works pretty differently. And yeah, part of that includes doing 125 MPH on your way to work in a 4 cylinder diesel and getting your license revoked for anti-social behaviour like passing on the right or blocking the left lane. It’s a pretty great place.

        • 0 avatar

          Ah, germany. I recall one run in a 320d rental, Sport Package no less, from Avis as a normal rental !!!!

          Lifetime high speed on the autobahn….140 mph.

          No one cared.

        • 0 avatar
          JimC2

          Comparing lane etiquette in Germany to North America is always humorous to me. Saying I’d get unwanted police attention for passing someone on the right in Germany is a lot like saying someone in North America would get unwanted police attention for stuffing eleven passengers in a small sedan while stacking luggage ten feet high on the roof. The former is a common thing with the don’t-give-a-crap lane etiquette in most of NA, the latter is apparently a thing in many developing countries (if pictures on the internet are to be believed).

          Lane discipline in North American culture is gradually showing signs of intelligence, but it is still mostly terrible. I might as well have some fun dealing with it and keep my windows clean.

          • 0 avatar
            scott25

            Germany, well known as a “developing country”

            Also any sort of lane etiquette is garbage. I use NASCAR etiquette: “pass ’em where they ain’t”. I couldn’t care less who is going what speed in what lane as long as there’s an empty lane to get by them somewhere.

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            scott25 wrote: “Germany, well known as a “developing country”

            Also any sort of lane etiquette is garbage. I use NASCAR etiquette: “pass ’em where they ain’t”. I couldn’t care less who is going what speed in what lane as long as there’s an empty lane to get by them somewhere.”

            I’m with you. If they don’t get over then then I just go around. They’re not paying attention and I don’t feel like waiting around until they eventually do notice. But this case is irrelevant on the fabled autobahn; enforcement is rarely necessary there because it’s the cultural norm for people to use the lanes properly.

            By “developing country” I meant neither Germany nor the United States (and Canada). I thought that was implicitly obvious…

      • 0 avatar
        NexWest

        Windshield washer trick works well for tailgaters.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      @m/ Sergeant Death m/ – Highway 407 and Highway 400 north of Toronto ain’t the Autobahn.

      • 0 avatar
        scott25

        A lot of people treat the 407 like it’s the autobahn though, hence why it’s more heavily policed than any other road in Ontario (that, and our tolls pay for the police to be there)

  • avatar
    Hamilton Guy

    Left lane and centre lane bandits are a huge problem in Ontario. On the drives to London I mentioned, where the 401 is 3 lanes, I have been in the right lane with not a vehicle in sight in front of me and the middle lane has cars poking along at barely 100KPH (62MPH) and the ones in left barely doing 110.

  • avatar
    mikey

    @ JuniperBug.. Agreed …The guy coming up behind me doing 145 ? I just get out of his/her way. Let them take their chances with the OPP.

    The moron sitting in the centre lane doing 92, is way more of a hazard. Mostly these folks are terrified of multi lane driving, and figure there “safe” in the centre lane.

    I would be that 63 year old boomer, and I’m not the “internet perfect driver”. Back a few years ago, I felt sorry for myself. I compensated by buying a 425 hp 2SS Camaro 6 speed stick Frankly the Camaro scared the $hit out of me. Just too much car , for my driving skills. I traded it after 18 months.

    When the day comes that I’m not comfortable driving in todays world, I’ll buy a bus pass.

  • avatar

    I don’t know the facts of this bust, but I’ve defended car guys and groups of Cyclists who have been “gang busted”. What happens is this. You can drive your gray sedan alone at speed, if the car isn’t too showy. I’ve always thought that big engine in boring shell is the way to go.

    If you take your jelly bean colored exotic/rare/expensive car out alone, you will be considered aggressive, if you drive like the guy in the grey sedan, who won’t get much reaction from the other drivers.

    If there are a dozen of you, now your car club is “racing”. You probably aren’t, but the lifelong Grind in the beater Mitsubishi or almost dead minivan will pick up the cell phone with cracked screen and call you in (FTHEM).

    I’ve heard it on the scanner many times. When the Trooper who is closest catches up with them, they all get pulled over and whatever summons they think can stick, even a little, gets written.

    Grinder goes by, and laughs at the expensive cars lined up by the cops he called in.

    This happens to motorcycle clubs too, but bikers will scatter in 360 degrees. There, the one or two that stop get a summons for everyone.

    Jealousy, usually nothing more than that…..


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