Police charge 85-year-old with street racing

January 5, 2008 7:19:06 AM PST
A new Ontario law that has targeted youthful speedsters and aggressive drivers has bagged a surprise suspect - an 85-year-old man heading to the bank at 100 mph, officials said.

The man, whose name was not released, lost his license and his Oldsmobile for a week.

Police allege the man was clocked Wednesday along Highway 407 north of Toronto at 40 mph over the posted limit of 60 mph.

"He said he was going to the bank and shopping," said Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Cam Woolley.

The new legislation - affecting drivers who exceed the speed limit by at least 31 mph - is aimed at ridding city streets of speeders, racers and aggressive drivers. Offenders lose their license and car for a week and face a $2,000 fine.

Most of the 2,300 drivers nabbed since the law kicked in last fall have been in their 20s and 30s. A handful have been senior citizens, but 85 is the oldest so far, police said.

"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.