Another embarrassment in a long line of embarrassments over Ontario Provincial Police Superintendent Julian "King Canute" Fantino's strange obsession with speed.
A Durham Regional Police Officer was nailed last week in Fantino's bizarre "street racing" trap, charged with going 50-over on Highway 115 in Peterborough County last week.
(They caught a Toronto Deputy Fire Chief a couple of months ago.)
The Durham officer's undercover role was almost outed, but the O.P.P. is withholding his name to try and retain what's left of that cover.
His unmarked cruiser, however, was impounded (where the heck is the logic in THAT? A $70,000-odd piece of publc property stuck in some tow truck compound for a week?!)
Good grief - here's a cop, doing real police work, and he's run in by some sycophantic O.P.P. weenie, presumably trying to curry favour with his superiors.
That's the only logical explanation, because any traffic cop knows and even a cursory examination of the data clearly reveals that speed limit enforcement of any sort has absolutely nothing to do with traffic safety.
The Durham cop's boss, Inspector Brice Townley, called the officer's suspension "extremely disappointing", given the force's focus on road safety.
Apparently, Insp. Townley, like Supt. Fantino, hasn't read the research either.
This specific "street racing/stunt driving/50-over" vendetta is particular useless, meaningless, and a waste of scarce resources, not to mention spectacularly unconstitutional and massively unfair, making the traffic cop roadside judge, jury, and executioner.
But I guess The Boss can always find minions prepared to do his bidding.
Too bad those minions aren't required to be more like that Durham cop - be expected to do real police work, such as charging and helping eliminate bad driving behaviours that really do matter.
We all know there is no shortage of those.
How old is Superintendent Fantino? Surely there is a retirement package that could entice him to just go fishing for fish, instead of citizens - permanently?