Ford suggests throwing the book at speeders

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When it comes to getting caught doing 200 km/h over the speed limit, you're not going to find any sympathy in Premier Doug Ford. 

Ford says "You gotta throw the book at these people, because they are putting everybody's life in jeopardy."

The comments come after a 19 year old driver was caught in a Mercedes on the weekend, doing 308 km/h on the QEW in Burlington.

Ford says he's in favour of extending the mandatory licence suspension from seven, to 30 days adding "especially in that young gentleman, should even be longer than 30 days of suspension someone going 200 kilometres over the speed limit. That’s staggering. Absolutely staggering." 

But, the problem during this pandemic, isn't just one or two drivers. 

Provincial Police say they've seized 150 vehicles in the GTA, since May 1st. That's about double the amount of normal tickets handed out for stunt driving. 

Drivers are taking advantage of empty roads to lean a little heavier on the "go-fast pedal". 

So what can be done to stop it? 

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says"We're out there patrolling the roads, every single day. But, we can't be everywhere all the time, and we need the public to be part of the solution as well." 

That means calling police when you see someone trying to be the next Lewis Hamilton. 

"You can call star OPP on your cellphone and report that to police, and we'll follow up as best we can." says Schmidt.