By Jordan W. Charness
It’s no surprise to me that I’m often stopped by friends, acquaintances and even total strangers who ask me for legal advice about automotive matters relating to themselves, their family or even friends. If the question is quick and simple, I’m always happy to help out, but occasionally I’m amazed by the reaction of people who hear my advice but don’t like the answer.
Take this interesting story a lady told me last week. She told me that her son had received some traffic tickets that she thought were not entirely due; here’s what happened:
At around two o’clock on a Sunday morning, her son Trevor (not his real name) was barrelling along to get back home in time for his 2 a.m. curfew. Trevor is only 17 years old and has had his probationary driver’s licence for about a year. In his jurisdiction, a young driver is allowed to drive 24-7 without restrictions. His mom, however, does insist that he be home for 2 a.m. whenever he is driving her car. He was late.
Rather than calling home and asking for an extension of curfew he decided to speed and hope that his mother would be asleep when he got in and would not notice that he was 10 or 15 minutes late.
Instead she received a frantic phone call from him after the police impounded her car.
Trevor was pulled over on the service road for the highway that would bring him towards his home. According to the police, they had been following him for about five minutes, and saw that he was driving a consistent speed of about 150 km/h. That means that he was driving at 150 km/h where the speed limit was 100. He was also driving 150 km/h when the speed limit was 70, and again – still – where the speed limit was 50, where they pulled him over.