This could be the plot for a movie, "Fast and Furious Canada," or maybe "Fast and Furious, the Young and the Rich."
Police in British Columbia say they impounded $2 million worth of high-end vehicles this week after witnesses reported the 13 cars racing on a metro Vancouver highway at speeds of 125 mph (200 kph).
The high-end race cars included a Ferrari, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, an Audi, an Aston Martin, Nissans and a Mercedes, according to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police press release.
Two of the racers would run side-by-side to block other traffic going in their direction on the highway while the others cars would take off in a race, witnesses told the RCMP.
"These drivers seemed to be looking for attention. Well, they definitely got the attention of police," Cpl. Holly Marks, spokesperson for the Lower Mainland District Regional Police Service, said in the press release.
What the racers, who police said are all under age 21, won't get is harsh punishment.
"Each driver will be charged with Driving without Reasonable Consideration and receive a violation ticket with a specified penalty of $196. Additionally, these drivers will be responsible for all associated towing and storage charges," according to the RCMP press release.
That's because police didn't actually catch them in the act and acted only on witness accounts. They weren't caught on radar, video or seen by a police officer, Superintendent Norm Gaumont, RCMP officer in charge of traffic enforcement for the Lower Mainland, told the Surrey Now newspaper.
"I know there's a lot of disappointment, wondering why we only charged them with an offence of $196. They fact of the matter is, we have to look at all the evidence we have and what we're able to prove," Surrey Now quoted Gaumont as saying. "That's why we've charged them with driving without due consideration for the public."
If police were able to charge the 13 drivers with more severe offenses, they could have faced forfeiture of their vehicles, according to a Vancouver Sun report.
The RCMP said most of the drivers were operating their vehicles on "N" class licenses, which means they had not yet attained full driving privileges. Only one of the drivers was the registered owner of the car they were driving, Gaumont told Surrey Now.
The drivers included 12 men and one woman, according to Surrey Now. Gaumont told the paper they were on their way to have a meal when they decided to race.
According to the Sun, the vehicles were:
I should move to Canada, sounds like the economy is doing great!! Since kids drive those cars ūüôā
In Canada....they can and will take your car for excessive speeds. Amercia just doesn't have the Balls for those kinds of expectations of its citizens.
Last fall, a $235,000 Ferrari impounded after a street race that reached speeds of 200 km/h was forfeited under the Civil Forfeiture Act.
Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/evidence+pursue+more+charges+against+sport+drivers+speeding+convoy/5340015/story.html#ixzz1Wp0QCjlC
Read the full story people. Its way more interesting than CNN's mention. The link is in CNN's story.
2012 GTR will outperform all the cars in that list. They should have just gone to a track or closed road. Not cool when you put others life in danger!!
i can't say i blame these kids – if i owned one of these cars and i had a bunch of friends who did too, i'd want to race
If you rent an super car (in Canada) like the ones mentioned the insurance is about $800.00 per day. Reason being that they expect that everyone will push the car at least once.
Did they actually hurt anyone? NO. "That's because police didn't actually catch them in the act and acted only on witness accounts" In the US they'd be innocent – police actually have to catch you doing something here. F R E E D O M
Putting people's lives in danger to get a little of attention...I'm getting sick of stories like this...friend in wheelchair because he was victime of something similar...maybe that should be the plot of a future Fast and the Furious...
Who won the race????
Canada is doing well...much better than USA....they don't have any tea parties and no Obama!
Bummer they didn‚Äôt get charged with more, or at least total one of the cars. However, even if the police were able to charge them with something more, mommy & daddy have enough money to tie up the legal system for years, the additional legal costs wouldn‚Äôt be worth it for the police.
They should do what the swiss did and charge them massive amounts of money plus maybe shove evidence in front of the judge or take it to the press. It'd be nice to charge them 75% the cost of the vehicle for a fine.
It seems a lot of people are jealous that a teenager drives a car that they can't afford.
I bet these cars were paid for with BC Bud "proceeds" he he he
lol, yeah people love to hate on the rich for having things that they cannot afford but if someone offered them those things, they'd accept them in a heartbeat
if you could be a "spoiled turd," you'd do it too. hypocrite.
Did anyone ask the real question? Who won the race?
2012 Nissan? Are Canadians in 2012 already?
2012 models hit the showroom floors in Aug or Sept.
This is Sept.
Are you living under a rock or you simply have no clue what you are talking about?
dude. do you not know anything about cars? Cars from 2011 are labeled 2012
Hve you seen how fast the 2012 GTR is? Science Fiction. Mounds like a monk, looks like a cadillac, and goes like a crazed samurai robot fed on nothing but sake and Meth!
Wow, its not often you see law enforcement using the media to name drop cars they've confiscated. They must be quite proud of themselves taking personal property out of anger...
Regardless of how sensational the headline was, the cars weren't "seized". They were temporarily impounded. Once the drivers pay towing and storage fees the cars are back in their hands.
I am not sure whether any one else finds the fact that they weren't witnessed by law enforcement breaking any crimes so their cars were confiscated, impounded, siezed... whatever you want to call it purely based on heresay. Does "due process" ring nay bells?
I am not sure whether any one else finds the fact that they weren't witnessed by law enforcement breaking any laws so their cars were confiscated, impounded, siezed... whatever you want to call it purely based on heresay. Does "due process" ring any bells?
Anonymous....I am not sure what the laws in Canada are...they aren't the same as in the U.S....that is probably how they got away with it...=(
The police operate out of concern for public safety, unlike most of their detractors.
either they're lucky or have been to school and actually know what they're doing, it's not hard for a young kid at all to spin one of those cars and wreck it....the police were smart not to try and charge them with greater charges since they didn't see any of it
My question exactly... for all the trouble, match-ups and passes, won
I doubt they worked for their cars, all being under 21....its their parents money and they would if given bail on a more serious crime have just flown back to china like the middle eastern teenage yobs do when theyre caught racing cars, stealing, drunk and disorderly, raping girls, beating staff, etc.
If they are found guilty of even small crimes kick 'em out...they are here on student visa's so hoof them out....10 year immigration bad should stop them treating our roads like a race track, if one had crashed and killed somone theyd be on a private jet back to china in a heart beat, if george bush diodnt put them on one to avoid being arested like he did with bin ladens family.
They may have money but we have rights and votes..kick em out
This happened in Canada – nothing G Bush about it.
Rich kid from China communist party officials. Just spending time here to have bragging right of foreign degrees later when they get back. Of course they will continue sucking money, power, privilege from the poor Chinese peasants/workers.
Some of them are teenager. My friend knows one of the drivers. Some of these racers are only high school students, not even college. They go to a private high school called St George's, which is the number 1 ranked high school in Vancouver.