Friday, February 4, 2011

Idiot of the week (2011-02-04)

As a general rule, some speed limits are set too low.  Others too high.   But it's generally accepted that except in a known radar trap most cops will ignore people who go about 10 km/h (6 mph) over the posted limit.   My choice for moron of the week, therefore, is a man who may have set the record for going over the limit -- in fact he was going 240 (150) in a 70 (45) zone, on Montréal's Ville Marie Parkway.   The penalty:   $2598 and in what may be a record in Canada, 42 demerit points.   (In most provinces you cap out and get suspended at 15).

Incredibly, it was 3 am in the morning, and he was sober.  I can't imagine what would have happened if he actually hit the tunnel that runs under the Old City -- I've driven that tunnel, and it's signed at that speed for a reason.   Coming out of the west end, you actually hit a city street with signalized intersections.  It's remarkable no one got killed or hurt.

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1 comment:

The Mound of Sound said...

Yeah the guy was an idiot. There are stretches of good road where you can actually ride/drive those speeds at no risk to anyone else (except yourself and possibly an elk). Good, well divided highway where there are no intersections for a mile or two at a stretch and where the traffic varies from light to non-existent. This bugger was simply too lazy to find that road. He deserves everything he gets.