• Oct 12, 2006

An automotive journalist in the Canadian province of Quebec was caught driving 222 km/h (approximately 138 mph) on a public road early Monday morning. Philippe Laguë was testing the Dodge Charger SRT-8 on highway 132 in Longueuil, near Montreal, and faces a fine of $958 CDN ($845 US) , plus 15 demerit points on his license – enough to have it suspended. Maudite!

Laguë claims he's not the only journalist who performs high-speed testing on public roads in Quebec, and that while car manufacturers advise journalists to watch out for police, they often prevent them from testing on closed tracks. He admits that he was driving too fast and obviously made an error in judgement. (Uh, no kidding.) He also says he's going to ask the Quebec provincial police (Sûreté du Québec) to investigate how the information on his arrest was leaked to the press.

Quebec has some great driving roads and many are tempted to push the limit. (Claiming you were rushing home to watch the hockey game doesn't always work.) Needless to say, losing your license, for an automotive journalist especially, poses an even bigger problem than usual. But as the saying goes, "if you can't do the time, don't do the crime."

Merci pour le tip, Raoul!

[Source: La Presse – for translated version click here]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      Whoever break the law must be punished, whether he is a journalist or anyone else. Flate roads doesn't means that you drive fast. there are many other safe modes to thrill.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Top speeds:

      http://uk.e39.de/

      There are a few postings for Canada and United States.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So he got caught. He was having a great time in a great car. If you drive around Montreal, you will find some drivers doing over 160kmh almost routinely. The Canadians in general have a more Eurpean perspective of speed than we do in the US,..but don't get caught drive drunk there!
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in alberta where detectors are legal. I just drove on a 500 trip (1000 one way) in a rental @ the rental's governed speed of 172kmh. THe dectector saved me from a ticket 3 times.

      Yes, by the time your detector catches a laser, your caught. Thing is, a lot of cops have their radar anway, and your radar detects that.

      As far as my speed is concerned I have a political point of view on speeding, and i would rather have an alert driver pass me at 150, then a semi-conscious man talking on a cell phone/eating/talking to passenger @ 100km. Just my $0.02.

      We all know there are many many speeders out there. Yet most accidents dont blame speed as a factor. Its mostly people falling asleep, not paying attention or not understands the coniditions of the road.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just another grammar issue, Corey W.

      Since car manufacturers prevent journalists from testing on closed tracks, they advise them to watch out for police.
      • 8 Years Ago
      0-222kph takes less than 1km from a stop. Cops need to put things into perspective.
      It is not like he was at top speed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's called a radar detector.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I live in Montreal, and I would seriously like to dispute the comment made about Quebec having some "great driving roads"! I mean, if they are referring to scenic routes, I agree, but besides that, the road conditions in Quebec are generally is piss-poor shape!!

      Besides the pot holes that you find everywhere, we even have manholes on highways!! And no, they are not always level with the road!

      It's funny how the weather is always being blamed for the poor state of the roads, but for some strange reason, Vermont doesn't seem to have these problems!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Great link PiCASSO!

      Some of those speeds are caaarrrraaaazy!!

      I wonder how someone can take a picture going at 300+ kph???

      • 8 Years Ago
      I know, he should have not speeding. But doing 222km/h on the 132 is a bit crazy. It would have been less dramatic on a highway farther away than a big city. I don't know, let's just say hwy 40 between Trois-Rivières and Québec city. Long, boring, pretty straight and no one on the road at some early hours.
      • 8 Years Ago
      About the roads in Quebec and Vermont. To post #18 & 19, while the roads are probably better in VT they are far from being perfect (I live in VT and drive to Montreal several times a year).
      And in regards to speeding. Why is it such a big deal in North America? Germans have unlimited speed on certain stretches of Autobahn and the rest of Europe has a limit of 80 mph. I don't think Euopeans are killing each other at much higher rate than we do here. People just have to drive and pay attention and not to do all other activities we see every day on the roads. My 2c.
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