Sunday, January 6, 2008

Police Snag 85-Year-Old Man Racing Oldsmobile 100 mph

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What's the most Weirdest/Craziest/Most Interesting aspect of this story? We tried. Now You Pick 'Em.

A. That an 85-year-old man was going 100 mph.

B. That an 85-year-old man lost his license and car for street racing, even though he wasn't.

C. That the man was driving 100 mph on a road covered with ice and snow.

D. That the man had to drive 100 mph to do some shopping. What kind of shopping? Was LaBatt's going on sale?

E. That Ontario has a law that if you are driving 31 miles above the speed limit, you lose your license and car for a week--plus get fined $2002.

Have any readers ever driven 31 miles above the speed limit?

The Ontario law just went into effect a little over 3 months ago: September 30, 2007. Yet more than 2300 drivers have already been snagged under it.

F. That most of those charged have been men in their mid-20s to mid-30s. But in the past three months, 20 drivers aged 65 and older, including three women, have been charged under the new Ontario law.

G. Should the police be engaged in "Shock and Awe" tactics against their own citizens? Even the ones driving 31 mph over the speed limit?

An 85-year-old motorist lost his license and his Oldsmobile for a week and likely faces a hefty fine after becoming the oldest person snagged to date by a new Ontario law aimed at cracking down on street racers, even though he was just speeding.

The man was driving on a highway north of Toronto Wednesday when he was allegedly clocked doing 100 mph, 40 mph over the posted speed limit.

"He said he was going to the bank and shopping," said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Cam Woolley, who noted snow and ice made road conditions treacherous at the time.

Under new provincial legislation, billed last year by Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner Julian Fantino as a "shock and awe" campaign, drivers who exceed the speed limit by 31 mph or more stand to lose both their vehicle and license for one week, along with a fine of at least $2002.

While no other drivers were involved in Wednesday's incident, Woolley said the legislation - ostensibly aimed at ridding city streets and highways of street racers - is intended to crack down on all aggressive drivers.

"It got silly - we were getting crashes at high speeds and the defense was, 'Well, if they weren't racing someone, then they weren't racing,' even though the consequences are the same," he said.

We're still not sure how to take this story.

Who should we be upset with? The man? The police? Canada? Oldsmobile?

It's hard to tell.

The only thing we know for sure, Jake or Elwood should have been behind the wheel.

by Mondoreb
[image: RidesAPaleHorse]
Source: 85-year-old man clocked 100 in Snow, Ice


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