Kincardine woman charged with racing

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Just minutes after Huron County OPP sent out a warning message to drivers to slow down on Thursday, officers found another driver driving at an excessive speed.

On Thursday morning, just after 11 a.m. a Huron County OPP officer observed a Nissan 350Z sports car travelling northbound on Highway 21 near Port Albert at a high rate of speed.  A speed measurement with a radar device clocked at 134 kilometres per hour in a posted 80 kilometres per hour zone.

A 56-year-old Kincardine woman has been charged with racing.  She has a court date scheduled for Sept. 20, 2016, at the Ontario Court of Justice – Goderich.  Her licence has been suspended for seven days and her vehicle is now impounded for the week.

The OPP is reminding driviers that the risk of a fatality or serious injury is almost five times greater for vehicles crashing at 50 kilometres per hour or more above the posted limit on a highway with a posted limit of 100 kilometres per hour. The increase in risk is even greater on roads with lower posted limits. For example, on roads with a posted limit of 60 kilometres per hour or less, the risk of a fatality or serious injury is almost eight times greater for vehicles colliding at 50 kilometres per hour or more above the posted limit.

Penalties include an immediate seven-day licence suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment at roadside. If convicted, fines range from $2,000 to $10,000 and courts can impose a driver licence suspension of up to 10 years for a second conviction within 10 years. Other penalties include the accumulation of six demerit points, a maximum licence suspension of two years for a first conviction and a maximum six months in jail and increased insurance premiums.