Octogenarian Busted for Racing

New traffic-safety law applies to 85-year-old speedster
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 12:18 PM CST
An 85-year-old Canadian was clocked doing 100mph on his way to the bank.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – An 85-year-old speedster has been charged with street racing after a Canadian cop clocked him going 100mph, the Globe and Mail reports. When the officer tried to pull over the rocketing Oldsmobile Intrigue, the heedless octogenarian sped up, weaving between lanes in icy conditions to maintain speed. When he finally pulled over, the lead-footed senior said he was on his way to the bank.

Under a law passed last summer, solo drivers topping the speed limit by 50 kmph or more are classified as racers; they can have their cars impounded and licenses suspended, and they face a minimum $2,000 fine. “It really doesn't matter the age of the person or whether they're trying to race,” said a police sergeant. “Street racing was probably a bad title for it.”