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Don’t give these kids the keys

A group of novice drivers are caught street-racing in a squadron of supercars—and get a $196 ticket


 
Don't give these kids the keys

Tom Zytaruk/Surrey Now

The 911 calls started rolling about 3:30 p.m. last Wednesday, just as the B.C. Lower Mainland’s notorious rush hour was starting to build: so many high-powered luxury cars were weaving recklessly through traffic as they raced south on Highway 99 that it looked like a Need for Speed video game come to life. A squadron of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like flew past anxious drivers as they streaked out of the narrow George Massey tunnel under the Fraser River toward Surrey and the seaside community of White Rock.

Lower Mainland RCMP scrambled to get a helicopter over the scene for an accurate measure of the speeds, which may have exceeded 200 km/h, but there wasn’t time, said RCMP Supt. Norm Gaumont, the officer in charge of traffic for the region. RCMP cruisers corralled some of the racers in Surrey, while the rest were pulled over in White Rock. In all, they impounded 13 vehicles worth $2 million by police estimates.

“I’ve got a Ferrari 599, I have three Lamborghini Gallardos, I have an Audi R8, I have three Nissan GTRs, I have two Maserati Turismos, I have two Mercedes SLS and I have an Aston Martin,” said Gaumont, reading through the list of cars impounded for seven days under provincial anti-street-racing laws. None of the 12 males and one female, all from Vancouver or Richmond, was older than 21. Six were novice drivers, required under B.C.’s licence system to display an “N” sign on the rear of their vehicle. “My son drives a ’94 Mazda,” said Gaumont, “and he thinks he’s pretty hard done by after this.”

The drivers are likely to get off lightly. Each was issued a $196 ticket for “driving without reasonable consideration,” the only charge police felt they could prove without radar or helicopter evidence of their speed. The drivers will also lose six penalty points, enough to issue a suspension for the novice drivers, said a spokesperson for the Insurance Corporation of B.C. (ICBC). If police could prove a criminal charge of dangerous driving, they would have had to do some even more serious explaining to their parents. “Then we’d be looking at seizing the vehicles permanently,” said Gaumont.

B.C. is among several provinces to crack down on street racing. Gaumont says the level of racing has declined since police gained the power to impound vehicles last September. Some 101 vehicles have been temporarily impounded for racing or stunt driving, and 5,700 were seized for excessive speed, according to figures from ICBC.

As for the recent arrests, the drivers seemed largely unconcerned. One told a Global News reporter at the scene they were just on their way to get something to eat. Gaumont called it fortunate that no one was injured or killed. They come from very wealthy families, he said. “I find it very unusual that you would have kids that age driving such high-end vehicles,” he said. “I can’t speak to what the parents are thinking.”

Within hours, the arrests were generating heat. “Who gives an 18-year-old a Lamborghini?” someone on the CBC website asked. “Not only is there the aspect of providing that child with an enormous sense of entitlement and elitism, but it’s damn dangerous . . . These are parents more concerned with status than good parenting.”

Posters on the website Luxury4Play, which glorifies high-speed autos, took a decidedly different tack. “I want to know who won?!” one wrote. “200 km/h?” said another, “Should’ve gone faster.”


 

Don’t give these kids the keys

  1. Not to speak in any bigoted way, but there are a rather large class of very wealthy helicopter kids whose parents are loaded (good for them) but sadly on the other side of the world. Letting a child buy such trinkets without actually doing anything to earn them does create the “frankenkinder” we are always being warned of. That is proven by the lack of respect and endangering others. They should bring in car impounding. Caught racing, say goodbye to your car.

  2. AH the joy of elitist, liberal voting parents and their useless and vile offspring.  These kids have no values as their parents have none.  Mom and daddy look down their nose at working people and, so, of course, does their offspring.  They don’t care that somebody can get hurt of killed because of their reckless and self serving behaviour as it is all about them.  Really they are no different from celebrity  parasites that sit in their eletist towers, looking down their nose at the rest of society while telling us how to live and how to behave while they sit intheir multi million dollar mansions.  The kids, of course, do what they want, and mommy and daddy, if caught be their brats will just use their elitist connections to make it go away..so no consenquesces for the dear hearts

    • Your first sentence is a little off.  Most likely if the parents voted in the last election it would have been for the Conservatives. Their biggest issue by far: lower taxes.

    • Has nothing to do with the liberal sympathies of the parents. More to do with parents not wanting the bother of properly teaching kids respect for others and to earn those things they want. Overindulgence and a repudiation of parental responsibilities

      • The problem of selfish parents who expect kids to raise themselves or others to do it has become a blaring issue (I think) looking at child obesity alone, but it is effecting society as a whole now that these kids are becoming adults in the real world… X-box Live brats are another good example, that goes on in their own homes. Ever been called a duchebag by a 10y/o?

  3. questions that need to be answered. How many of these drivers are Canadian citizens? How many were novice drivers?. Are the owners or parents and the dealers who sold them these cars  being investigated for  such things as money laundering? Where did all the is money originate and from what type of earnings? This may be bigger than meets the eye

  4. One of them needs to die in a crash…..that might change their, or their parents’ thinking.

    • Nah, they’d probably just send them off to Europe for pro driving instruction so it “wouldn’t happen again”. *rolls eyes*

  5. How hard can it possibly be to line up enough witnesses to obtain a dangerous driving conviction?

    I think the police need to try a little harder on this one.

  6. Sure hope they get pro-active with this latest example of not giving a hoot about laws and your fellow human beings.

    “The country’s top court upheld an order Friday to deport a man who killed a woman during a Vancouver street race in 2000.”

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2009/03/06/khosa.html 

    • The guy should have spent 10 years in the slammer then deported. A maximun security slammer of course.

  7. Seriously guys, who won?

    • The RCMP!

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