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Ontario's Stunt Driving Penalties Just Got Stricter & Here's What Happens If You're Busted

The new rules went into effect early Sunday morning.

Toronto Associate Editor
Ontario's Stunt Driving Penalties Just Got Stricter & Here's What Happens If You're Busted

Ontario is hitting the brakes for drivers who like to ride like they're in the Fast and the Furious.

As of Sunday, September 12 at 12:01 a.m., stricter stunt driving regulations came into effect, adding to the penalties that the provincial government put into place on July 1 this year. Anyone caught stunt driving could have their license suspended for 30 days under section 172 of the Highway Traffic Act and Ontario Regulation 455/07.

When the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act (MOMS) came into effect back in July, stricter penalties were enforced for those caught drastically speeding over the posted limit. This act aims to combat stunt driving, aggressive driving and street racing with longer license suspensions and vehicle impoundments.

On top of having their license suspended for 30 days, anyone caught going 40 km/h or more over the speed limit where the limit is 80 km/h or lower will also have their vehicle impounded for 14 days. The same goes for drivers going 50 km/h over the speed limit where it's set at 80 km/h or higher.

Before, the penalties were a seven-day vehicle impoundment and a seven-day license suspension.

Stunt driving has become a more concerning issue, according to the Ministry of Transportation; the number of roadside driver's license suspensions went up 130% between 2013 and 2019.

Recently, an Ontario G1 driver was caught going 100 km/h over the posted speed limit on Highway 404. One Ontario driver was also pulled over for speeding twice in half an hour and subsequently had his car impounded for 14 days.

This article's right-hand cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

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