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Street racers terrorizing B.C. roads 0

By Erica Bulman, 24 Hours Vancouver

Four Porsches were impounded after their drivers were caught racing on Sea to Sky Highway on Saturday August 4, 2012

Four Porsches were impounded after their drivers were caught racing on Sea to Sky Highway on Saturday August 4, 2012

The Greater Vancouver public is increasingly in danger as speedsters are becoming more and more brazen, flouting the law and engaging in high-speed racing on Lower Mainland highways, according to RCMP.

Four luxury car drivers - who were fined and had their Porsches impounded Tuesday after shattering the speed limit on the Sea to Sky Highway - were the latest offenders in a disturbing series of reckless road racing incidents.

"I would say I've seen there has been an increase in luxury vehicles recklessly driving," RCMP Cpl. Holly Marks told 24 hours. "The reality is there are always individuals pushing the boundaries and breaking the laws and putting the rest of us as well as themselves in danger."

Allison Grant said she's been terrorized by a pack of racing cars on the Sea to Sky Highway - twice.

"There were four or five of them, black speed cars," she said. "They're going at breakneck speed, passing each other. They don't care about others on the road. And you're there just trying to make the right decisions, scared out of your wits."

Saturday, West Vancouver police impounded four pack-travelling Porsches bombing along the Sea to Sky corridor at speeds between 125 and 131 km/h in an 80-kilometre zone. They'd already been warned the week before.

On July 24, Mounties seized four high-end cars racing at 160 km/h down Highway 1, when just five days earlier, a group of five motorcyclists, some doing double the 80 km/h limit on the Sea to Sky Highway, had their bikes impounded.

No exact statistics were immediately available but Marks pointed to a particularly disturbing incident last September, in which Mounties seized 13 exotic cars after witnesses spotted the drivers racing up to 200 km/h on Highway 99 in Surrey. Police impounded the cars, including three Lamborghinis, an Audi, a Ferrari, two Maseratis, two Mercedes-Benzes, an Aston Martin and three high-end Nissans. The drivers were all under the age of 20. Six of the motorists were new drivers and didn't have their Class 5 licences.


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