TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will begin targeting speeders and dangerous drivers from the sky, the province has announced.
Funding has been granted for a $2 million high-tech surveillance plane that police will use to hone in on speeders and other dangerous drivers. OPP commissioner Julian Fantino said the new plane should take to the sky by the fall.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has provided the police force with funding for the plane, along with $7.5 million per year to hire 55 more OPP officers. At the same time, the provincial government announced it will get tough on street racers, fining drivers that go faster than 50 km/h over the limit up to $10,000.
“We’re going to charge extreme speeders with stunt driving if they’re going 50 km/h or more over the speed limit,” McGuinty said. “That means they’ll face the same stiff penalties we’ve applied to street racers — things like an immediate seven-day driver’s licence suspension and seven-day vehicle impoundment.”
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