RCMP have charged two men with Stunting in Alma.
Yesterday, at approximately 11:50 a.m., a member was traveling eastbound in an unmarked police vehicle on Highway 104 near Mount Thom. He was passed by two vehicles racing and passing each other at extremely high rates of speed. Radar readings of 183 and 167 Km/hr were obtained and the member requested assistance from local traffic services to intercept the vehicles.
RCMP Eastern Traffic Services were able to stop the vehicles near Exit 21 in Alma. The two vehicles contained a total of 12 students from the Halifax area. Both vehicles were impounded and returned to the rental company owners. The two drivers, ages 23 and 26, were charged with Stunting. The drivers were immediately suspended from driving for a minimum period of one week. Upon conviction, the drivers face a fine of $2,412.41 and an automatic six points will be assigned to his driver's record.
Cst. Dan MacDonald, a RCMP collision reconstruction/traffic analyst states “This situation was an accident just waiting to happen. Fully loaded or overloaded vehicles do not handle the same, and when you add driver inexperience and poor choices to the mix, this could very well have resulted in a tragedy.”