Man loses licence for Audobahn-like speeding
Court: Driver clocked at 205 kilometres on Highway 2 told he's lucky nobody died
Tuesday, Apr 08, 2014 04:38 pm
A judge told a Calgary man he put people’s lives at risk for speeding 205 kilometres per hour on a foothills highway as he issued a $1,500 fine and suspended the man’s driver’s licence for three months.
Judge L. Plater called the man’s driving egregious and extreme, adding she would have given him an even longer licence suspension, but three months is the maximum sentence allowed.
“It was pure luck that someone didn’t inadvertently change lanes or make a move that put themselves in your path,” Plater said. “There was a lot of things going on that day that prevented a fatality.”
On Jan. 12, a member of the High River RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit spotted Boris Stivic of Calgary speeding 95 km over the 110 km/h speed limit on Highway 2 near High River.
“It appeared the subject vehicle was passing cars as though they were stopped,” said Const. Kyle Lees.
Lees said it is unusual to see a car traveling at those speeds.
“Fortunately it’s a rarity that we see that speed,” Lees testified, but added its not the worst he’s seen.
Crown prosecutor Dave Burroughs said the courts could see even worse speeders.
“I didn’t ask for the maximum fine because I wonder if someday we’ll see a higher speed,” Burroughs said.
An officer from the High River Integrated Traffic Unit confirmed to the Western Wheel there is a man scheduled for a trial in November who is alleged to have been driving 253 km/h on a motorbike.
In Stivic’s case, he told the court he was a professional driver in Europe, where in some places there are no speed limits. He said he had been living in Calgary for two years, but had never driven those speeds in Canada until that day.
Stivic said he didn’t realize how fast he was driving. His wife, who was his passenger, told him she wanted to end the marriage and he just wanted to get home.
When his wife told him to slow down, Stivic said he did slow down twice.
Stivic apologized for his actions and acknowleged the speed was dangerous.
“I don’t have any intent to do something like this again,” he said.
Const. Lees confirmed he was clocked driving 170 km/h and later 160 km/h when he was pulled over between Okotoks and High River.
He added he was unable to turn around and pursue Stivic’s 740i BMW and alerted a sheriff parked 15 km down the road.
He noted it was a Sunday afternoon, which is typically one of the busiest times for traffic on Highway 2 aside from rush hour.
Stivic took a defensive driving course and asked the court to send him to jail, rather than take away his license, but was told that was not an option.
Judge Plater also turned down a request to delay his license suspension for a month or two.