• May 1, 2010
Every year, the Southern Ontario Mini Club organizes two charity drives – one in the Spring and one in the Fall. Over time, the event has grown from a handful of participating cars to over 30, and as such, this year the organizers let local law enforcement know where the caravan would be and when it would be there as a courtesy. So far, so good, right? Not exactly.

During the first part of the drive, the convoy ran into a few members of the Ontario Provincial Police without incident. One officer even went so far as to tell the organizers that there was only one other patrol for the rest of the route. Turns out that wasn't quite true.

Instead of providing an escort for the convoy or thanking the organizers for a heads up, the OPP set up a speed trap along the route where the limit changes from 100 km/h to 90 km/h. When the parade of Minis came past, officers pulled over the whole lot, and cited three cars for going 121-123 kmh in a 90 kmh zone, or about 76 in a 55. One driver was also cited for having a radar detector and had his equipment confiscated.

Yes, setting up a speed trap on a charity drive is a prick move, but it gets worse. The OPP evidently called the local television station beforehand so they could film the whole sting. Once the station had the film, they broadcast a story claiming that 11 of the Mini drivers had been arrested for doing 50 kmh over the speed limit and that they had their vehicles confiscated as a result. Even worse, the story claimed that some of the Mini drivers had their children with them and that the OPP had called the Canadian equivalent of child services on the parents.

Members of the Mini club complained to the station, and the video was taken down as a result, though no apology or retraction has been issued so far.

[Source: The Garage Blog via Motoring File]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      stupid fools. its not as if mini's are built by bmw, engineered to easily handle 100mph plus on autobahns, that sort of road would be a national speed limit(70mph) here in the uk and 76mph would not have been winked at.

      stupid fools, had the decencey to let them know and get treated to that.

      personally attended a UK based Honda gathering of similar style, in convoy on a motorway(70mph "limit" - 80mph is common) one enthusiast did get tagged for 103mph - 2 week ban(nothing confiscated in fact only notified him 5 and a half months later).

      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL, "boy racers". When was the last time you looked at the sticker price of a Mini? There's a lot of other cars a "boy racer" would choose first in that price range! And last time i glanced at the "Fast and Furious" crowd hanging out in the local parking lot i didn't see any Mini's there either. I'd like to see a bathtub curve showing the age of Mini owners. My guess is it would peak with those in the 35~50 age bracket. I would also suspect that those going on a "charity cruise" would be of a more mature age then your typical "boy racer" too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good luck with that next Police fundraiser.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @bobzilla..did you not read the article? 3 people were ticketed for speeding and 1 was ticketed for a radar detector. The A Channel made the rest of it up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Canadian Highway Patrol are probably the biggest A-holes in all of Canada. Canadian speed limits are very low, how can you not speed? Several years ago, a cop was standing in the middle of the road around a blind turn to pull over my dad. How would the cop even know he was speeding if he couldn't even see around the turn? What a bunch of BS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know what they're called and I don't care.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We are reaping the results of the TV generation. All these little boys and girls grew up watching Dirty Harry, Beretta, Starsky and Hutch. et al ad nauseum. They have assumed the "Us" vs. "Them" mindset, and therefore see themselves at once as exploited and exploiter.......the end justifies the means. I am of an age that the cops of my childhood had wide leeway, and used it with , what seemed to me, a benevolence rarely seen in my few encounters with today's police. Now, they have drawn a line, and you're either/or, and consequences be damned. No more will 17 year olds drinking a six pack in a field be a juvenile experiment, it's now MIP, with the resultant criminal record. I cannot imagine what would have happened to me had all my youthful indiscretions become fodder for the "justice" system. I learned to drive at the limit in church and business parking lots in the snow and ice. Now, I would be arrested for reckless driving. I also had a 16 year old girlfriend when I was 18..............................
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man... That was weak!!! Canada sucks! LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        Canada doesn't suck. OPP have zero tolerance for speeding, especially in high accident zones.
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL riled up.....You've just shown how ignorant and ridiculous Americans really are. So Canada sucks because you've "been up to BC" That would be like me saying USA sucks cuz i went to Flint Michigan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How is Canada less than free? You complain about gun registry but we have almost no gun-related crimes or accidents and it's still easy to acquire a gun if you need one or want to take them to the range. Meanwhile our cops will likely just tell you to put out your joint if you're smoking it while strolling around downtown. Get a god damn clue. Canada has less freedom when it comes to killing each other but more freedom when it comes to enjoying yourself and that's about it.



      Let's see now...Canada has virtually no serious crime committed with firearms, yet the hard left liberals pushed through a law requiring everyone to register their firearms anyway, including hunting rifles...and this is an example of how FREE Canada is?

      I was going to ask "what are you smoking?" but the rest of your post makes that clear.

      Yeah, feel free to smoke pot, just don't make the mistake of calling homosexuality a sin, that'll get you locked up in Canada, because the law says certain unpopular opinions are illegal to utter. Who needs freedom of speech any way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK they shouldn't have been speeding but that's poor form from the cops. The organisers gave prior advice on what they would be doing and in return they get this treatment. The TV crew being invited just shows the cops were going to pull them over for SOMETHING even if they weren't speeding. Arseholes.

      Maybe next time they should do something like this (http://www.varietynsw.org.au/index.php?id=612) and drive very s-l-o-w-l-y as a big "up yours" to the cops

      • 4 Years Ago
      No wonder more and more people resent the police.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Tourian, They certainly do get to pick and choose when and where they are going to set up a speed trap to enforce they law. Doing so to a charity drive at a point just after the speed limit drops by 10km/h, and informing the media to make a press event out of it... Face it dude, they're pricks for doing this and your not much better for defending it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe not, but they were still speeding. Even if they were letting authorities know as a courtesy they would be coming through, it doesn't give them the right to break the law.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are right Tourian, doing 121 kmh in a 100-90kmh zone is a big crime, they should be sentenced to death for this, have ther children taken away and killed for daring carying their genetic code !!!!
        Morons... The OPP and those who think they are right ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        One may be reasonably sure that the Ontario Police won't be receiving any of the charity money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "THEY WERE DOING SEVENTY SIX MILES PER HOUR IN A FIFTY FIVE ZONE. "

        OMG, that really was reckless, wasn't it? After all, blood boils at 78, right?

        Speeding tickets are about revenue. Save the sanctimonious silliness.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ teamkonsol

      I'm sorry, did you actually say that speeding is NOT a crime?

      crime   /kraɪm/
      –noun
      1.an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.
      2.criminal activity and those engaged in it: to fight crime.
      3.the habitual or frequent commission of crimes: a life of crime.
      4.any offense, serious wrongdoing, or sin.
      5.a foolish, senseless, or shameful act: It's a crime to let that beautiful garden go to ruin

      pay particular attention to number 1 ... an action that is LEGALLY PROHIBITED ...
      as well as number 4 ...

      speeding is indeed a CRIME ... now it is straightened out you moronic mediocre IGNORANT, BIGOTED CRETIN.

      next time perhaps you should actually learn what you are talking about before you make a comment about it and show just how stupid you really are.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I met this couple from Canada in Ga. this morning. They were telling me how nice the people are there and to visit Ontario.......well I dont think so.....Police are not so friendly, I can tell........
        • 4 Years Ago
        The drivers in the article have broken laws for which they were issued offense notices for. It is not some kind of lawless paradise in Ontario.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Note to self: Do NOT call the police in advance and tell them my car club is coming through their town.
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