A good friend of mine was pulled over recently under this new law.
His current situation illustrates how our licences, cars, jobs and livelihoods are now at the mercy of the officers who patrol our highways.
He was going about 120 km/h on Hwy 404 and sped up to about 130 in order to pass a car and exit the highway. That car, a white Honda Civic, wanted to start a race and sped around my friend.
An OPP cruiser pulled this car over (well deserved). By this time my friend was already sitting at a red light on Finch Ave., having thought nothing of it.
A Toronto police cruiser pulled him over, charged him with street racing and impounded his car.
He is now out about $1,200 from the towing and pound fees, stuck with a $2,000 ticket, and thousands of dollars in lawyer's fees, not to mention our gracious Ontarian insurance rates next year. He cannot drive to work.
If he was racing, exceeding 150 km/h or "performing a stunt," I would tell him he deserved it since everyone in North America now knows about the enormous powers granted to our police officers. It is the ambiguity in the "street racing/stunt" language that really scares me.
If some 17-year-old next to me decides to street race himself, I probably won't get dragged into it, right? Oh wait, that's up to the discretion of the police.
I am 20 years old, in my third year of university. I am frightened of this law. I am not scared that I will get pulled over for doing 50 over.
I am scared that a police officer will profile me because of my age, my car, and that I will instantly find myself short my licence, my car and about $10,000.
Are they trying to help or harm young people here?
My friend drove a modified Honda Civic. His motor blew up a few weeks ago and it's hardly capable of accelerating at all now, let alone getting him to work.
How do you street race in something that's barely capable of getting you from A to B? He follows the rules of the road, and takes his car to the track like all enthusiasts are told to.
It seems to me that Bill 203 has been interpreted by some officers that if two lowered Hondas with loud exhausts ever happen to be in adjacent lanes, it is considered street racing.