- 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.
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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