Extreme speeders taking advantage of reduced traffic on 400-series highways

Stunt driving has spiked and collisions have dropped off

Empty roads due to more people staying at home has resulted in a spike in stunt driving on major highways in the GTA including Highway 400 from Highway 401 to Barrie.

Stunt driving is those motorists travelling at more than 50 km/h over the speed limit.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said there really isn’t a morning or afternoon rush hour anymore.

“The other day we had a driver clocked doing 214 km/h per hour. We have had multiple cars doing over 200 km/h per hour.”

Prior to the pandemic, police would most often see stunt driving on major highways during the evening and overnight.

“Now we see it at two in the afternoon” said Schmidt.

He said people still need to share the road and drive responsibly.

On the other side of the coin, less traffic has meant fewer collisions.

Schmidt said collisions are down substantially. He said there was about 2,500 collisions on GTA highways last March compared to around 1,000 last month.

With the Victoria Day long weekend just a few weeks away, Schmidt said the messaging from police will likely be a little different, with a focus not only on traffic safety but public health safety as well.