Driver's backwards idea on Gardiner Expressway goes viral
By Jenny Yuen, Toronto Sun
First posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 03:46 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 03:53 PM EDT
The driver really backed himself into a corner on this one.
A video shot by a person from a hotel balcony above the Gardiner Expressway is making its rounds on social media after the footage showed a car slowly reversing in order to exit a ramp the driver missed.
“From our hotel balcony, we see a car stop in the middle of the highway and start driving in reverse! We were on the edge of our seats! Epic win or epic fail here?” read the YouTube description of the video, that as of Tuesday afternoon, reached in excess of 6,600 views.
The one-minute-and-42-second video shows a light-coloured car creeping backwards on to what appears to be the westbound Spadina exit at night time. When the driver sees there aren’t vehicles coming behind him, he speeds up and eventually veers right and exits off the ramp.
One of the people who witnessed the incident can be heard on the video exclaiming, “What a bad idea.”
The person who uploaded the footage on Monday — who goes by the name Sombusiness — could not be reached for comment.
The Gardiner has a speed limit of 90 km/h.
Toronto Police said there isn’t enough information to conduct a search to determine if anyone called officers, said Traffic Services Const. Clint Stibbe.
“We don’t know when this occurred, there were no incidents that I could locate that matched this video,” he said Tuesday. “That being said it could be listed under a number of different event types (hazard, impaired, unknown trouble to name a few).”
Stibbe said the driver could be charged for reversing on a highway, at a minimum. If there was a collision and someone was injured or killed, then the motorist could face a criminal charge.
The fine for backing up on a divided highway is $85 and two demerit points.
“The driver of that vehicle could have injured or killed themselves or someone else,” he said. “Missing an exit is not the end of the world, the driver should have continued to the next exit and returned to the exit via the eastbound Gardiner Expressway.”
A YouTube video captured a driver reversing on the Gardiner Expressway.
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