Stunt driving and Street Racing Charges in Ontario
What you must know about stunt driving and street racing offences in Ontario
Although Ontario's roads are among the safest in North America, Bill 203 Safer Roads for a Safer Ontario Act now targets drinking drivers, street racers and stunt drivers.
In Ontario, the most current common reason for a stunt driving offence is because a driver of a motor vehicle has been caught travelling at 50 km/h over the posted maximum speed limit.
It is interesting to note that a driver of a motor vehicle can also be convicted of a STUNT while squealing tires or making a left turn immediately before the vehicle facing the opposite direction is able to proceed straight through the intersection after getting the green light.
Stunt driving is a strict liability offence. In these offences, the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the act with which you are charged. Like with absolute liability offences, the prosecutor does not have to prove any mental element or intent.
However, unlike with absolute liability offences, you may raise a defence by proving on a balance of probabilities that you took all reasonable steps to avoid the particular act or that you reasonably believed in a mistaken set of facts which, if true, would render the act innocent. Most provincial offences are strict liability offences.
Why you should fight a stunt driving ticket or charge
Penalties are severe for stunt driving, street racing, and aggressive driver offences in Ontario. First is an immediate seven day suspension of licence and impounding the vehicle. First is an immediate seven day suspension of licence and impound of the vehicle, whether it’s yours or not. In addition, penalties can include a $2,000 to $10,000 fine, up to a two-year suspension of licence, up to 6 months in jail or both for a first offence. For any subsequent offence within ten years, it could mean up to a ten-year suspension.
A conviction for stunt driving, street racing offences in Ontario will most certainly result in a drastic increase in insurance premiums or even a cancellation of the policy. You could be paying between $4,000 and $10,000, or more with some companies. You need to protect your licence and your insurance premiums.
Get the definition of races, contest and stunts from the Government of Ontario e-Laws website. (Opens in a new window)
If you’re convicted of the offence of stunt driving or racing, you accumulate six demerit points. These remain on your driving record for two years.
All convictions remain on your public record for three years, and an insurance company can access that information. This can have a detrimental effect on your insurance premiums for up to five years or more.
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