Friday, August 17, 2007

A Lesson in Authoritarianism

Never mind the growing health care wait times, increased gun fire, nor the rising prices of virtually all necessary commodities. There are more pressing issues to concern yourselves with presently, like street racing and speeding. According to revered government officials in Ontario, there have been 39 recorded related deaths due to speed racing since 1999. In McGuinty and Fantino speak, that does not generate enough revenue, which might help to explain why speeders in Ontario will soon be subject to fines of up to $10,000 for exceeding "acceptable" speed limits.

Lead-foot drivers beware: if you're caught in Ontario driving 50 kilometres per hour or more above the speed limit, you will soon be treated like a street racer.

That means police can issue roadside seven-day licence suspensions and impound vehicles for a week. If convicted, you could face fines ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

[..] "The fact is, one death on our roads is one too many," said McGuinty.

Meanwhile, three constables will be added to OPP traffic management teams across the province. Queen's Park will also provide the OPP with $2 million for an aircraft that they will use to catch excessive speeders.
Russians, take note. You're fines are not high enough:
Drivers who go 20 kilometres per hour over the speed limit will pay a ¤10 ($14.50) speeding ticket, while those speeding more than 60 km/h over the limit will have their licence suspended for six months or fined ¤80 (up from ¤3). [About $166 if the math is consistent]

c/p: Dust My Broom