‘You are not Max Verstappen’: Canadian police force has a message for F1 fans ahead of Australian GP

Alberta road users have been reminded that they are not racing drivers by the RCMP.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) of Alberta came up with an interesting way of reminding road users to follow the speed limit.

The 2022 Formula 1 season heads to Melbourne for this weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, with Max Verstappen having won last time out in Saudi Arabia.

Four speeding cases have been tried thus far in 2022 in the Provincial Court of Alberta, and the force took to Twitter to remind drivers that the speed limit is in place for a reason.

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“Sorry to break it to you, but Alberta roads are not Formula 1 closed street-circuits and you aren’t Max Verstappen. Slow down, drive the posted speed limit and help everyone get home safely,” they tweeted.

They received a reply from a user asking if Verstappen himself would be stopped by the police if he went to Canada and started flouting traffic laws.

“So are you saying if Max Verstappen came to Alberta he would be exempt from the traffic laws? 😉 Lol,” they commented.

The RCMP used an excellent pun to respond to the question.

“If he doesn’t follow the Alberta Traffic Safety Act, we’ll be Verstappen him,” they confirmed.

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Formula1News.co.uk contacted the RCMP information on how many traffic offences were recorded in Alberta in 2021.

The force replied that 70,580 speeding offences were recorded in Alberta throughout 2021, with 5,220 of them coming in April alone.

Changes were in made in January of this year to traffic laws in Alberta that prevent road users from being able to go to court to appeal against fine they have received, sparking widespread criticism in Canada.

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Charlie Pester of Pointts Calgary indicated that this change was an abolition of the justice system that has been established in Canada.

“Everything that people think about in a court system: innocent until proven guilty, gone. You’re now guilty until proven innocent,” he told Global News.

“Case law that’s been established, gone. Judicial oversight, gone. Crown discretion, gone.”

Formula 1 will return to Canada in June for the ninth round of the 2022 championship, marking the first race in Montreal since 2019 due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.