Young Motorist Flirts with Suicide Through Quebec’s Eastern Townships


See source; by Ghislain Allard, QMI Agency

SHERBROOKE, Que. — An 18-year-old man was flirting with suicide last Friday when he raced through Quebec’s snowy Eastern Townships at 180 km/h in a 12-year-old car, provincial police say.

The young man received a $1,255 ticket and earned 18 demerit points for allegedly driving a 1998 Dodge Neon at breakneck speeds east of Montreal.

Police spokesman Louis-Philippe Ruel told QMI Agency the road was slippery, the car was old and the driver was inexperienced. “It could have been a very dangerous mix,” he said. “It was borderline suicidal. There was drizzle, there was also snow and water on the road.”

The teen’s driver’s licence was automatically suspended for a week and it could be revoked for two years if he’s found guilty.

Quebec has introduced a number of measures to curb speeding and street racing, including stiffer fines and increased use of photo radar. The provincial automobile insurance board has also released graphic “shock ads” for a number of years. But police and safety advocates are at their wits’ end as they try to get young drivers to slow down behind the wheel.

A QMI Agency investigation has found that at least 94 Quebecers between the ages of 16 and 24 have died on the roads this year.

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