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$1,400 fine for 243 km/h speeder

By PETE FISHER, QMI AGENCY


Mark Volante, charged with traveling 243 kph walks into court in Cobourg, Ont., on October 9, 2009. (QMI, file)

PORT HOPE, Ont. -- A Milton, Ont. driver was fined $1,394 and hit with six demerit points and a seven-day licence suspension for exceeding the speed limit on Hwy. 401 by 143 km/h.

Police clocked Mark Raymond Volante, 29, speeding at 243 km/h while the mechanic was riding his motorcycle on Hwy. 401 in the Port Hope area.

Len Smart, a representative for Volante, who did not show up for the proceedings, entered a plea of guilty in a Port Hope court on behalf of his client to a charge of speeding. "He's obviously made a huge error in judgement," said Smart, owner of OTT Legal Services.

Volante was initially charged with the more serious offence of stunt driving. However, prosecutor Andrew Fordham said he didn't pursue the stunt driving charge because of a recent provincial court ruling which found the law unconstitutional.
A motorist convicted of stunt driving could be fined $10,000 and sentenced to 15 days in jail.
Fordham said OPP Sgt. Norm Shaw spotted Volante speeding from a police aircraft, near Wesleyville. Traffic came to a stop after the motorcycle was pulled over.


OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino, a strong supporter of Ontario's stunt driving law, said in an e-mail: "I am disappointed that the sentence did not also include a psychiatric assessment before the individual is allowed the privilege of driving in Ontario."
 

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Could this be the answer? If so I should be OK, I could go as fast as I want.LOL


Speeding millionaire fined $290,000

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. GALLEN, Switzerland (AP) — A Swiss court has slapped a wealthy speeder with a chalet-sized fine — a full $290,000.

Judges at the cantonal court in St. Gallen, in eastern Switzerland, based the record-breaking fine on the speeder’s estimated wealth of over $20 million.

A statement on the court’s Web site says the driver — a repeat offender — drove up to 35 miles an hour (57 kilometers an hour) an hour faster than the 50-mile-an-hour (80-kilometer-an-hour) limit.

Court clerk Heidi Baumann-Becker said Thursday the unidentified driver can appeal the decision, handed down in November, to the Swiss supreme court.

The Blick daily newspaper in Zurich reported the fine was more than twice the previous Swiss record of about $107,000.
 

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I thought it was an automatic criminal charge of dangerous driving if you drove over 150 km/h. That guy got off lucky for only having a fine and seven day license suspension for the speed he was going.

I don't see how it could be stunting...unless he was doing a wheelie at the time.:D
 

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