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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2008 10:03 pm 
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Here is a good article by Jim Kenzie..

http://wheels.ca/Columnists/article/248098


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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 8:46 am 
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And every Tom, Dick and Harry will take his words for gospel as well.... :roll:

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We build highways that are capable of these speeds. We have cars that are capable of these speeds. There is considerable doubt we have drivers that are capable of these speeds, but until or unless you choose to do something about that


Highways and vehicle capable of those speeds = yes
Drivers capable = few a far between....There are very few that have any driver training past the original driving school. Then to think we have people on the road like on "Canada's Worst Driver".
Vehicles Safety = NO, the vehicles have yet to develop a standard to withstand an impact over 130km/hr. That is the "fatality line"

Whether it be the "racing law" OR "gas prices" I have seen a significant reduction in vehicle speeds. It makes for a more relaxing drive, saves environment from emissions, I have went to less crashes this year (slower speed, more reaction time to take evasive action) and "knock on wood" no fatalities yet this year!!

Could also be our office now has 7 per shift, with probably 3-5 always on the road for 60km of the 401, making our area slower!

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 9:45 am 
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It's funny that the government or insurance agencies don't test drivers :evil: . The 'Bear is right, few if any civilian drivers have ever participated in skid schools or evasive avoidance courses. However, like the 'Bear with speed estimates it can only take time. I find with myself I'm more apt to let my mind wander if I'm bored, read stop and go traffic, or tired. When traffic is flowing along I'm; #1-happy to get home in a reasonable amount of time and #2-know I have to pay attention due to the speed I'm travelling at, read regular flow of the 400 series highways. I don't advocate weaving through traffic for a 4-5 minute gain nor do I feel the need to tailgate. However, I would like to see the slow, read speed limit, drivers in the right lane as opposed to the left. The signs are up but not "ENFORCED" Mr. Bear. Could we maybe focus on getting everyone, speeders and slowpokes included, to drive in a similar fashon as opposed to focusing on speed, speed, speed. :?:

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:22 am 
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Yet another great article "King Kenzie"! Surely, we're related somehow, LOL.

I could really identify with his account of nudging up the speed just to qualify as "a racer", LOL. I don't know why I now get a cheap thrill out of touching on 130kph on some loney back road, or read "152" for a split second on the 401, for no other reason than to satisfy that urge to defy Fantino.

I 'spose I'll end up "on the hook" one of these days though, playing this risky game Mr. Fantino has created. At least I'll be in good company though (cops, tow-truck drivers, doctors, etc.). I'm actually AMAZED 5,000 people have been nailed BEFORE ME! ;)

Reminder: 30 years of daily driving... No at-fault accidents. Never underestimate "natural ability" (not to be confused with "over-confidence"). I've spent quality time with some of this countries WORST drivers. Some are really nice people, but totally lack any natural "feel" for an automobile.

In the meantime, many high-quality drivers are now labelled "racers". 5,000+ racing charges to date! Let me tell you what racing REALLY is... When I was 18, the local A&W was the meeting spot after the drive-in let out. Here the match-ups would be laid out... this guy challenging that guy... you get the idea. Then off to the "Amulree Road" a couple miles outside of town, where actual lines were painted on the road marking the 1/4 mile. Many cars were capable of lifting the front wheels off the line. Some had slicks and wheelie bars. Some were even supercharged with big 671 blowers sticking out the hood. The racing would last about an hour or two before the OPP would finally show up and flick there lights on to clear the street. I no of know charges ever being laid.

I'm not trying to justify our actions from "the old days". I'm just illustrating why some of us older drivers get such a laugh at the modern definition of RACING.


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You two :D

Reflections: I have already confirmed that the sign of "slow traffic keep right" is not enforceable in itself in another forum. And unfortunately for people that ask....someone was issued an offence for unnecessary slow driving that was somewhere on Hwy 69 about 8yrs ago...and the JP threw it out....stating the maximum speed is 90km/hr they were under so no offence was committed...even with 30plus vehicles backlogged behind....so thank the courts!! or the gov't for the poor wording.....I have to tend to agree with the poor wording....it should acutally state going "X" km below the speed limit is too slow.

Bookm: The charge is not racing.....so please do not confusing the section of what people are being charged with. There is still the actual racing section, but that is not what people are being charged with.
Drivers are being charged with: "Stunt Driving,: -excessive speed, greater than 50km/hr over the posted speed limit"
This is legislated into a definition of a "stunt". To which super hero McKenzie doesn't even look up and babbles about racing :roll:

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 7:17 pm 
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Being confused, I'm at least in the majority! Not one of my friends or family members really knows what the hay is going on. OK, so a 'stunt' may not be 'racing' but the penalty is the same and people are pissed about that.


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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 7:25 pm 
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So what do you consider a stunt?? Is spinning the tires on snow consider a stunt? What if I feel like speeding(fast) up to the speed limit witout squealing tires, would that get my car impounded?.


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casper wrote:
What if I feel like speeding(fast) up to the speed limit witout squealing tires, would that get my car impounded?.


(clicky) http://www.ontariohighwaytrafficact.com/topic362.html


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standby...going to find the wording/ section for everyone....

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HTA OREG 455/07
Definition of Stunt: includes any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
1. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to lift some or all of its tires from the surface of the highway, including driving a motorcycle with only one wheel in contact with the ground, but not including the use of lift axles on commercial motor vehicles.
2. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to cause some or all of its tires to lose traction with the surface of the highway while turning.
3. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to spin it or cause it to circle, without maintaining control over it.
4. Driving two or more motor vehicles side by side or in proximity to each other, where one of the motor vehicles occupies a lane of traffic or other portion of the highway intended for use by oncoming traffic for a period of time that is longer than is reasonably required to pass another motor vehicle.
5. Driving a motor vehicle with a person in the trunk of the motor vehicle.
6. Driving a motor vehicle while the driver is not sitting in the driver's seat.
7. Driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is 50 kilometres per hour or more over the speed limit.
8. Driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway or in a manner that may endanger any person by,
i. driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to prevent another vehicle from passing,
ii. stopping or slowing down a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates the driver's sole intention in stopping or slowing down is to interfere with the movement of another vehicle by cutting off its passage on the highway or to cause another vehicle to stop or slow down in circumstances where the other vehicle would not ordinarily do so,
iii. driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to drive, without justification, as close as possible to another vehicle, pedestrian or fixed object on or near the highway, or
iv. making a left turn where,
(A) the driver is stopped at an intersection controlled by a traffic control signal system in response to a circular red indication;
(B) at least one vehicle facing the opposite direction is similarly stopped in response to a circular red indication; and
(C) the driver executes the left turn immediately before or after the system shows only a circular green indication in both directions and in a manner that indicates an intention to complete or attempt to complete the left turn before the vehicle facing the opposite direction is able to proceed straight through the intersection in response to the circular green indication facing that vehicle

DEFINITION OF RACE: include any activity where one or more persons engage in any of the following driving behaviours:
1. Driving two or more motor vehicles at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed and in a manner that indicates the drivers of the motor vehicles are engaged in a competition.
2. Driving a motor vehicle in a manner that indicates an intention to chase another motor vehicle.
3. Driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention, without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway or in a manner that may endanger any person by,
i. driving a motor vehicle at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed,
ii. outdistancing or attempting to outdistance one or more other motor vehicles while driving at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed, or
iii. repeatedly changing lanes in close proximity to other vehicles so as to advance through the ordinary flow of traffic while driving at a rate of speed that is a marked departure from the lawful rate of speed. O. Reg. 455/07, s. 2 (1).
(2) In this section,
"marked departure from the lawful rate of speed" means a rate of speed that may limit the ability of a driver of a motor vehicle to prudently adjust to changing circumstances on the highway

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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2008 10:28 pm 
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So for number 2 if you are not squealing tires from a stop and not turning while in control of the vehicle you are OK. Lets say I'm driving an AWD car with lots of power and good traction around the corner without exeeding the speed limit and not spinning tires is that OK?. I still think that the officer should use his common sense in those situations. So in the winter time your back end looses traction and you spin the car, the police sees that and impounds your car. WTF!


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IMHO...#2....to get that one would have to be of course turning, spin the tires enough that I can hear the squeal and I would like to see some smoke.....or carry the squeal completely through the turn without letting off of the accelerator.

Winter time....I have driven front wheel, rear wheel drive vehicles (car, SUV, pickups and vans). One with any common sense knows when the vehicle is going to lose control and can feel same, therefore let off the gas and let you can have control again...no problems. Be an @$$ and do a donut or two one deserves to lose their wheels as they have no beeping clue how to drive....but on that note...if the roads are that bad....we usually have more calls of vehicles in the ditch than we can keep up with, so honestly wouldn't have time to wait around giving a ticket to this one vehicle.

Yes, common sense should prevail!

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hwybear wrote:
e roads are that bad....we usually have more calls of vehicles in the ditch than we can keep up with,


On that note from myself.....wish there was a ticket to give for "fail to adjust driving habits in inclement weather/ road conditions - drive off road"

What a waste of resources for almost every vehicle in the that goes into the ditch...police, fire and EMS.

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hwybear wrote:
You two :D

Reflections: I have already confirmed that the sign of "slow traffic keep right" is not enforceable in itself in another forum. And unfortunately for people that ask....someone was issued an offence for unnecessary slow driving that was somewhere on Hwy 69 about 8yrs ago...and the JP threw it out....stating the maximum speed is 90km/hr they were under so no offence was committed...even with 30plus vehicles backlogged behind....so thank the courts!! or the gov't for the poor wording.....I have to tend to agree with the poor wording....it should acutally state going "X" km below the speed limit is too slow.



So, could we instruct the police to pay a friendly visit to our slow moving rolling road blocks. Officers will stop someone say 15 over and just check out who they are, why not the slow movers as well. Just a nudge to remind them that the roads are used by everyone and they too are outside the norm?

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It's absolutely clear to me that the intent of the stunt and speed laws was to control competition "AT SPEED"... NOT ACCELERATION. No where does it describe any offense as it relates to acceleration. There is big difference between speed and acceleration. Hard acceleration can be accomplished without breaking any speed laws.

To me, a couple kids runnin' their moms' Fireflies up through first gear is NOT a race or a STUNT until they continue on, well PAST the speed limit (a "marked" departure).

I have ALWAYS felt safer accelerating away from a traffic light FIRST. Getting out there ahead of everyone (in clean air so to speak) always made me feel much less likely to have contact with other cars proceeding from the same light. But since these new stunt laws were summoned up from the depths of "heck", I thought I would surely get impounded. I feel a tad better about it now that I've taken a closer look. I can only hope that ALL law enforcement sees it the same way as I do.

I have the general feeling that the laws were penciled out while watching The Fast and the Furious. The definitions spell out word for word the stunts that were performed in that movie. I don't know how much a "Drifting" scene there is in YOUR town, but I can guarantee it's not an issue here, LOL. But slip the back-end out a little bit (due to a posi rear-end behind a 400ci engine) and some hardcore cops just might use the written definition of "stunt" to ruin your day. THAT's why I have a problem with stuff. Way too much potential for police abuse based on personal opinion.

BTW... Bears detailed list of definitions should be made a "sticky" here. Perhaps titled, "Racing" and "Stunts" defined:


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