Police urge drivers to slow down after nabbing street racers
2 people were charged after being recorded travelling 160 km/h in a 60 km/h zone on Monday
Edmonton police are urging drivers across the city to slow down after charging two people involved in street racing.
Police say a motorcycle officer saw two vehicles weaving in and out of traffic Monday night on 137th Avenue and Castle Downs Road. The cars were recorded travelling 160 km/h in a 60 km/h zone .
The vehicles were safely stopped and the two men have been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle under the Criminal Code of Canada.
“Driving at that speed, you need to be aware of anything that’s almost three blocks ahead of you,” said Edmonton police Sgt. David Green. “So if somebody just steps out in front of you at 327 metres, you are not going to stop before you hit that individual.”
This isn’t the first incident of street racing in recent weeks.
Part of Wayne Gretzky Drive was closed for several hours on Saturday after a two-vehicle collision the police suspect was caused by street racing.
Green says while racing may be fun for a few seconds, innocent lives are at risk.
So far this year there have been 248 mandatory court tickets issued for driving more than 50 kilometres over the post speed limit. Last year, a total of 369 mandatory court tickets were issued.
Police are advising people that feel the need for speed to take their car to the weekly street legal racing event at Castrol Raceway.