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Tuesday March 5th, 2013

Posted at 12:08pm

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On Sunday Morning, Chatham-Kent OPP pulled over a white Chevrolet passenger van that was travelling on the 401 Highway westbound, near Merlin Town Line, at a high rate of speed.

Police say that once they pulled over the van, they discovered that there were twelve student passengers on board: all heading to a basketball tournament in Windsor.

The driver Paul Melnik, a 44-year-old teacher at Father Henry Carr Secondary School in Toronto, has been charged with driving a motor vehicle with an improper class of licence, and speeding at 146 km/hr in a 100km/hr zone.

Police remind drivers that engage in high risk driving behavior put everyone at risk. Speeding makes it more difficult for drivers to react to changes, stop suddenly and control a vehicle. In the case of a collision, the higher the speed the more severe the collision and the more likely that serious injuries or death will occur.

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