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:
125? These bevis-buttheads are all wusses, as any of the cars on the list will pop 160 easily and several will break 200.
You need a lot of road to reach 200mph. Not going to happen in a metropolitan area.
All you need is a mile of reasonably empty freeway. I have driven a ERA Cobra at 175 in New Brighton CT on a Sunday morning. Hit 120 on the on-ramp and in less than a mile I backed out of it at 175 (car was getting tippy-toe). I regularly take my VW GTI from 75 to 120 just passing an 18-wheeler.
Sme VERY rich kids, eh?
Oh Canada, "Driving without Reasonable Consideration" ? Haha, how considerate! The spoiled bunch have certainly learned their $196 lesson, driving dah-dah's multimillion cars on a public highway alongside other traffic. I remember the first time I drove through a street race in Baltimore like that where they didn't even care how dangerous it was to anyone. If they aren't responsible now, how are they going to be responsible later?
you see triric, you are so used to being a 3rd world country, you wouldn't even recognize a super car any longer...up here everyone drives these types of cars!! boooring....
SELLING DRUGS does pay off.
Look at the cars on this list... if i had to live my life again, it will be in BC and grow weed.
RCMP? Them's some fast horses!
I WANNA BE FRIENDS WITH THIS GROUP
HOLD ON! They were CONVICTED on the say so of WITNESSES?
They clearly had their vehicles towed at side of road with NO TRIAL – and without the POLICE having seen an offense
God help us. The police should have followed and WITNESSED a infraction before impounding peoples property.
They weren't CONVICTED of anything, you idiot. They were each given a $200 ticket for a traffic violation. That's it. Read the story again.
They were charged. They can contest the ticket in court, if they wish to , but they better have a better than average story for the judge and not trip up. You can bet the witnesses will be there if they do. Their cars were temporarily impounded, which may cost way more than the ticket by the time the vehicles are out of the storage yard, as the registered owner has to sign it out.
It was Justin Bieber and his Cool kids Club of Canada. I just know it. Damn Canadians. <3
Wow I was driving a POS 86 mustang when I was under 21. Spoiled beestards.
must be nice to be under 21 and be able to use an exotic car....they'll be back out there within a week of getting the cars back doing the exact same thing – they're all laughin at a $196 ticket and if they have cars like this being under 21, then storage and tow costs are nothin.....
Did any feet get severed and fly off into the ocean?
Just be glad Nick Hogan wasn't driving...
A really niche comment but brilliant. Restores my faith in human nature!
bad writing, story does not even state who won?
um... who wan?