On Tuesday, June 7 at approximately 7:50 a.m. Oxford County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed a vehicle travel through the four-way stop at the intersection of Concession Street and Quarter Town Line in Tillsonburg without stopping and then accelerate at a high rate of speed.
Police observed the vehicle travelling at approximate speeds up to 150 km/h in a posted 80 km/h zone. A traffic stop was initiated on Lowrie Line in Southwest Oxford Township. Based on the observations and investigative steps taken by police, the male driver, 34-year-old James Paterson of Tillsonburg was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with the following: Race a motor vehicle – excessive speed; and Disobey stop sign – fail to stop.
His driver’s licence was suspended for seven days and the vehicle was impounded for the prescribed seven-day period.
Drivers who engage in high risk driving behavior put everyone at risk, said OPP in a media release. Speeding makes it difficult for drivers to react to change, stop suddenly and control a vehicle. In the case of a collision, the higher the speed the more severe the collision and the more likely that serious injury or death will occur.
OPP would like to remind the motoring public to manage their time and respect all the rules of the road when travelling.