A friend of mine, a nurse who also teaches college and has two teenage children has recently received a speeding citation on a clear, straight, multi-lane stretch of highway 401 near Cobourg. She was charged with going 130 km/h in a 100 km/h zone. Her charge was not reduced in court when she pleaded not guilty. Her punishment included roadside humiliation, a $259 fine, 4 demerit points and an upcoming painful insurance rate hike. All for driving at a safe and reasonable speed millions of us drive every day.
Unfortunately, in Ontario, our authorities refuse us a reasonable speed limit. Who cares that over sixty jurisdictions world-wide, including half of the U.S. and most of the EU can legally drive at 120 and 130 km/h. Driving on our 400-series highways simply must be illegal.
My friend’s driving would be praised in such respectable countries as France, Denmark or Germany – all of which have extremely safe highways and recognize 130 km/h as a safe speed outside of metropolitan areas. Her driving would also receive a police officer’s thumbs up in Texas and Utah.
Shame on our province for punishing safe and prudent drivers and inflicting financial pain on their families for no wrongdoing!
Chris Klimek is a founder of www.stop100.ca – a group demanding increasing of the 400-series highway speed limit to globally-recognized 120-130 km/h.
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