Police issued more than 1,200 traffic tickets on Canada Day weekend, including 48 charges for distracted driving, more than 500 charges for speeding, and 25 drivers were charged with impaired driving.
The highest speed of the weekend was clocked on Tuesday shortly after 2 a.m.
An officer was stopped at a red light behind a two-door Bentley on Alden Road in Markham. When the light turned green, the Bentley accelerated to 186 km/h in a posted 50 km/h zone. The car tried to round a bend in the road at that speed and crossed over the centre line into oncoming lanes.
But the driver, a 32-year-old man from Markham, dutifully stopped at the next red light, where police were able to catch up with him. He was charged with dangerous driving and failure to provide a breath sample. His vehicle was also impounded for seven days and he received a 90-day driver’s licence suspension.