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Stunt drivers aren't getting the message: OPP

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Another long weekend in the rearview mirror, but it seems there was a disturbing trend on roadways throughout Ontario.

OPP reporting numerous charges were laid for stunt driving, with nearly half a dozen occurring in Perth County since Friday.

Provincial Constable Laura Lee Brown says motorists still aren't getting the message.

"The stunt driving occurrences don't seem to be decreasing, at least in Perth County - and certainly on many other roadways across the province. It's very discouraging." Brown told 570 NEWS.

Brown says unfortunately, this seems to be a trend throughout the summer months.

"Dry, bare road conditions may seem like the ideal time to step on the gas a little bit harder, but you have to keep in mind, those conditions mean a lot more motorists, motorcyclists, and cyclists will be out on roadways as well. Motorists also need to be aware of farming equipment, it's just critical that we all keep our eyes on each other when we're using the roads, and share the roads as well."

Brown says speed continues to be a contributing factor in fatal crashes. 

"Quite simply - speed kills. Other contributing factors like distractions, or not wearing a seatbelt, just add to that level of risk. With respect to the stunt drivers we've seen over the past several days in Perth County - each of these drivers were charged with racing, which means they were travelling at least 50 km/h over the posted speed limit. With every kilometre over the speed limit, it's just putting the public at an incredible risk - and an unnecessary risk."

If police catch you stunt driving, you better be ready to pay the price, and have your walking shoes handy.

Brown says you'll instantly lose your car and licence for seven days, and you'll get a court appearance too. 

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