If you thought we had it bad, our friends in North America have long ago realised the true nature of speed cameras. Although in the U.S. state of Texas, speed cameras were recently banned, in Ontario, Canada, a new law has just passed for motorists caught driving 50km/h over the speed limit to be automatically charged with “street racing”, even if they are the only driver on the road.
Street racing in Canada is subjected to a $10,000 fine and the possibility of six months in jail. Canadian authorities have previously labelled street racing as “organized crime” – showing unwillingness to understand the problem and find a solution. Like most Australian cities, Ontario car enthusiasts have limited access to race tracks and drag strips and many wrongfully live out their passion on the road.
Fortunately, we don’t live in Canada, as the new rules also give Police officers the power to take away a motorists’ license (for 7 days) without an appeals process.
The Canadians are going to extreme lengths to insure drivers are not speeding, with speeding tickets set to pay for a high-tech surveillance airplane to track motorists. Looking to the side of the road is no longer sufficient, Canadians now need to check the sky before heading out…