At approximately 9:45 a.m. on August 17, East Hants District RCMP responded to several complaints regarding unlicenced drivers and vehicles, including off road vehicles and stock car style race cars, on Highway 2 in Enfield.
Members responded and observed numerous ATVs and stock cars on a side street forming part of a procession that was headed towards the highway. Police stopped the procession and advised that ATVs are not permitted on roadways and stock cars must be licensed/insured prior to driving on the highway. The drivers were extremely cooperative and members proceeded to guide the licenced vehicles when approximately 25 vehicles nearby on the highway began squealing tires on the pavement. The resulting thick smoke created zero visibility for motorists, and flying rocks and debris from the roadway was extremely dangerous for the numerous pedestrians in the area.
Police immediately intervened and three vehicles were seized. All three male drivers from East Hants were charged with Stunting. An officer attempted to pull over an ATV for driving recklessly, however the ATV driver drove into oncoming traffic, did a wheely and then drove off.
Police continue to attempt to identify the driver.
"Our initial response was peaceful and respectful however things turned chaotic extremely quickly," says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, Nova Scotia RCMP. "Our members number one priority is the safety and security of citizens and this erratic driving behavior was putting motorists, pedestrians and police officers in danger."
Cpl. Hutchinson adds, "We will continue our efforts to identify and charge others involved."
A stunting violation can include a variety of offences; driving 50 kilometers per hour or more over the speed limit, driving without due care or attention and attempting to spin a vehicle. The fine for stunting in Nova Scotia is $2,422.50. Licenses can also be suspended for seven days.
Further charges are expected including Dangerous Driving.