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Stunt drivers in Ontario will now face an additional penalty

Stunt drivers will now face an additional penalty in Ontario

Key Takeaways:

  • Drivers convicted of stunt driving in Ontario now must complete a driver improvement course or risk having their license revoked, according to the Ministry of Transportation.
  • Stunt driving charges will be filed against anyone caught speeding 40 km/h or more in an area with a speed limit of just under 80 km/h.

Beginning April 1, the Ontario government has added a new penalty for people caught stunt driving.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, drivers convicted of stunt driving in Ontario must now complete a driver improvement course or risk having their license revoked. The course must be chosen from a list of companies that the government has approved.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, the course must be completed within 60 days of the conviction.

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“This requirement, combined with increased fines and longer suspensions, sends a clear message to drivers that high-risk, aggressive driving has no place on our roads,” the ministry stated in a Friday statement.

Anyone caught speeding 40 km/h or more over the speed limit in an area with a speed limit of just under 80 km/h will face stunt driving charges.

In places with a speed limit of 80 km/h, a motorist will be charged with stunt driving if they exceed the speed limit by more than 50 km/h.

Stunt drivers will now face an additional penalty in Ontario
Stunt drivers will now face an additional penalty in Ontario. Image from Blackburn News

If pulled over by police for stunt driving, drivers face a 30-day roadside driver’s license suspension as well as a 14-day vehicle impoundment.

In Ontario, the maximum fine for stunt driving is $10,000. You could also face a six-month prison sentence.

Speed-related deaths on Ontario roads reached a 10-year high in 2021, according to police, with 81 fatalities.

In total, 315 people died on the road that year, up 3% from the previous year. 288 separate collisions resulted in the deaths.

According to the OPP, there were 19 more speed-related deaths than the previous year.

Source: CTV news

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