Constable Thomasz Stefanski Charged with Speeding 189 km/h in a 80 km/h Zone, But not with Stunt Driving/Racing.

Update:

An off-duty Durham Police Constable was pulled over by an on-duty police officer who noticed the vehicle was travelling at 189 km/h in a 80 km/h zone. Under normal circumstances any driver that travels 50 km/h over the posted speed zone has their car impounded, the driver loses their driver's licence and they are charged with Stunt Driving or Racing. None of this happened in this case and off-duty Durham Regional Police Constable Stefanski was allowed to drive away.

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Durham police say officers pulled over an off-duty constable for allegedly driving more than 100 km/h over the speed limit but they let him go before they reconsidered and issued a summons a few weeks later.

The force confirmed Thursday that veteran constable Thomasz Stefanski received a court summons recently for speeding and could still face other charges including street racing in connection with the May 21, 2012 incident.

Police say an officer clocked Stefanski driving his vehicle at 189 km/h in an 80 km/h zone on Regional Road 20 in a rural area of Clarington, east of Oshawa. They did not provide information on the time of day.

If convicted, Stefanski would receive fines and victim surcharges totalling more than $1,300 for driving 109 km/h over the limit. But the Provincial Offences Act allows fines up to $5,000.

Penalties for racing under the Highway Traffic Act call for fines from $2,000 to $10,000 plus up to six months in jail and a licence suspension of up two years on a first offence.

After newspaper inquiries about any charges against Stefanski, a Durham Regional Police spokesman told the Star that an officer had stopped him in his speeding vehicle but noticed no sign of impairment.

“At the time, the traffic officer and a second officer who arrived at the scene cautioned the driver and eventually sent him on his way,” said David Selby, the force’s director of corporate communications. “The vehicle was not seized.

“The traffic officer reconsidered this decision afterward and details of the incident were then brought forward to supervisors who took immediate action.”

Stefanski, who works out of the force’s Oshawa unit, received the speeding ticket via the court summons, Selby said.

“It took a few weeks to do this as he (Stefanski) was on a scheduled annual leave. He has not been suspended from duty.”

Selby also revealed Durham police are consulting a Crown attorney from outside the region about other possible charges including racing. After court proceedings are resolved, the force’s professional standards unit will review the case.

Selby said the force “informally” disciplined the two officers in the initial stop but did not identify what that entailed beyond placing memos in their personal files. They remain on duty.

According to the Durham Region 2010 Sunshine List, Constable Tomasz Stefanski earned $ 110,288.26.

 

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5 comments

  1. Durham Officer Stefanski didn’t get caught a second time doing 155km/h in an 80km/h zone on the same road.

    He plead guilty to the original charge of speeding which was 189km/h it was reduced to 155km/h. He received $850 fine and 6 demerit points.

    Media went on to say how this officer walked away with nothing more then $850 ticket and if this happened to civilian they would be charged with the street racing and faced following consequences

    1. The car would be impounded
    2. Automatic 7 day licence suspension
    3. Minimum $2000 fine
    4. Impound fees
    5. Possible licence suspension up to 2 years

    Media forgot to mention that the officer received 6 demerit points I am sure his insurance will go up quite subsquentially. His name was made public in the news papers and radio. A civilian charged with racing charge would not have his/ her name published.

    BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO UNDERSTAND IS

    Fact is that stunt racing charge did not replace speeding !! You can still be charged for speeding going 50km/h or more over the limit. Driver receives a part 3 summons (automatic court date) if convicted in court driver may lose his licence up to 30 days.

    Ever since the new stunt / street racing charge was implemented into the highway traffic act there are
    Officers who use poor discretion and charge everyone who drive 50km/h over the speed limit with street racing. Officers look at the speed only ignoring other key factors such as

    Location city or rural
    Traffic volume
    Weather condition
    Time of day
    Type of vehicle
    Type of road
    Number of vehicles involved

    The sad thing is Crowns Office want police officers to charge everyone who is driving 50km/h over the speed with the street racing ignoring the above mentioned factors.

    So now picture your driving your car theres no other traffic, road conditions are good, your driving on a straight road (rural country 401 or 407 and you make the choice to go over 50km/h over the speed limit you get stopped by the police and you get charged with street racing. You go through all the hustles, stress of losing your car your licence. You will probably spend more money and get a lawyer.

    Once in court the crown offers you a deal. If you plead guilty they will lower the charge to speeding. Your lawyer will tell you that this is a very good deal and you should take it.

    They tell you if this goes to trial and you lose you will be charged with street racing and face far greater fine lose your licence and more.

    So you think that just threw you a bone. Your all happy and you take the deal.

    In reality you got screwed!!!!
    If all the key factors were considered at the time of your offence the police officer should of charged you with speeding not street racing. You should of never lost your licence or had your vehicle impounded. You just underwent all that unnecessary stress and extra costs. For what ?

    You became part of the game. Once your in court your there to have a trial.

    The crowns looks over a list for the day and whenever possible they try to make deal to avoid going to trial.

    This happens everyday. Have you ever rear ended someone ? If You have you would be charged with careless driving $495 and 6 demerit points. You go to court and get a deal. Careless driving gets dropped to following to close $110 and 4 demerit points.

    What a great system! Maybe now you will think little different. Knowledge is power.

  2. Yeah.. So they just caught him again. Only doing 155km/h in an 80. And guess what.. On the SAME ROAD. .. So recap, May 21 2012 it was 189 KM/H in an 80 and now this. It was questionable to let him off the first time with only a fine when he could have apparently even been put in jail. I suspect if a civillian was 109km/h over they might have had 2 counts of “racing” to serve. I have never had a racing or stunt driving charge against me but I don’t support the automatic racing/impoundment at 50km/h over. Ontario speed limits are known to be some of the slowest. Now that we see this bogus charge being selectively enforced, that irks me even more.

  3. i know him he thinks highly of himself and thinks that he can not be touched, cant believe he was not charged more then this

  4. Police often let civilians off of the extreme charges. There are many tickets for 149kph, for example. I understand if the police let another officer go; they shouldn’t always receive the maximum penalty.

    The problem is that many civilians get extreme charges. 117mph isn’t uncommon on American freeways, it is legal on some other roads, and it’s surprisingly normal on those long and remote rural roads. The speed limits in Canada are artificially low to reduce potential for fatalities and conserve energy. This means that police need latitude to reduce the severity of penalties.

    Problem is, police shouldn’t have to worry about severe penalties, leading to selective enforcement. Anyone who has suffered severe penalties will want this officer to lose licence/job/money or other freedoms, while others will say he made a mistake.

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