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Sometimes it is best to keep your exploits to yourself, instead of sharing your testosterone text with others online. Be very careful of what you post on social networking sites.

Being a teenager is hard enough these days, especially if you want to be a motorist driving on Ontario roads.

Unfortunately, one teenager living in Vaughan, Ontario, decided to advertise his driving experiences online in his 2006 BMW M5 and now finds himself paying for it.

It turns out that an American citizen who was unimpressed with what he read online, decided to bring to law enforcement’s attention, the exploits of Mr. Vladimir Rigenco (based on what Vladimir himself wrote online).

Vladimir candidly admitted online, that he was driving 100 km/h over the posted speed limit on a residential street (Apple Blossom Drive) in the City of Vaughan.

This prompted the York Regional police to open a file and to subsequently conduct an investigation into Vladimir’s online admissions. Police initially originally charged Vladimir with Stunt Driving and Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, but dropped those charges and eventually decided to charge Vladimir with Careless Driving, pursuant to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.

According to the Toronto Star, York Regional police said Vladimir Rigenco pleaded guilty to the charge of careless driving on August 5, 2010 and has been banned from driving for six months. He was also sentenced to 12 months probation, must take part in a remedial driving program and pay a $1,000 fine. He accumulated six (6) demerit points on his driver’s licence and will experience a huge jump in his auto insurance premiums.

You always leave a digital footprint when you make online posts.

Some people have already paid for their posts on Facebook. Your online musings may land you in trouble. Ms. Kimberly Swann was sacked (fired) from her job, because she volunteered to others online, that she was bored at her job.

Update: December 9, 2010 – Two workers at a British Columbia car dealership were sacked for what they wrote about their employer and their managers on Facebook. And the B.C. Labour Relations Board has upheld their dismissal.

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2 comments

  1. Hi there, I check your blogs like every week.
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  2. Apparently, nowadays, you don’t even have to commit an offence in order to be charged with one! All you have to do is say that you have commited it (even anonymously on the Internet) and someone to read your post and rat you out to police in order for police to be on your case! Regardless of whether what you were saying in your post is true or not! What about privacy invasion laws? What about presumption of innocence (innocent until proven guilty? not other way around)?! What happened to these concept, which Canadian law and criminal justice system was based on? Or do these rules not apply to teenagers driving BMW M5s, but only apply to old farts driving Buicks?!
    Btw, falsely reporting comission of an offence, that has not actually been commited, or making a statement (even verbally) falsely accusing another person of comitting an offence, that they did not commit, constitutes itself a criminal offence of a Public Mischief (section 140 of Criminal Code of Canada), so whistleblowers, be aware! Your urge to report everyone to police may turn against you!

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