Stunt driving has been a growing problem in Ontario, in recent years. The provincial government has implemented stricter penalties for those caught engaging in this dangerous behavior, but some drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk. Now, a new law has been put in place that allows police officers to catch stunt drivers even on private property. In this article, we will explore the details of this law, the penalties associated with stunt driving, and how drivers can stay safe on the road.
What is stunt driving?
Stunt driving, also known as street racing, is defined as driving a vehicle in a manner that is likely to cause danger to another person. This can include drifting, racing, and doing burnouts, among other dangerous driving behaviors. Stunt driving is not only illegal but also puts everyone on the road at risk, including other drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
Stunt driving charges in Ontario
In Ontario, the penalties for stunt driving are severe. Drivers who are caught engaging in this behavior face an immediate license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and a fine of up to $10,000. They will also receive six demerit points on their license, which can affect their insurance rates. These penalties are just for a first-time offense, and repeat offenders face even steeper consequences.
New law for private property
In the past, police officers in Ontario were unable to catch drivers engaging in stunt driving on private property. However, a new law that came into effect on September 12, 2021, changes this. Police officers are now able to catch drivers who are engaging in stunt driving on private property, such as parking lots, without the need for a warrant. This means that drivers who engage in stunt driving on private property can no longer assume that they are safe from prosecution.
Penalties for stunt driving on private property
The penalties for stunt driving on private property are the same as those for stunt driving on public roads. Drivers who are caught engaging in this behavior face an immediate license suspension, vehicle impoundment, and a fine of up to $10,000. They will also receive six demerit points on their license, which can affect their insurance rates. Repeat offenders face even steeper consequences, including longer license suspensions and higher fines.
Staying safe on the road
The best way to avoid getting charged with stunt driving is to simply obey the rules of the road. This means driving within the speed limit, keeping a safe distance from other vehicles, and avoiding any behavior that could be considered dangerous or reckless. It’s also important to be aware of your surroundings and to drive defensively, especially in areas where there may be pedestrians or other vulnerable road users.
Stunt driving is a dangerous behavior that puts everyone on the road at risk. The penalties for engaging in this behavior in Ontario are severe, and now, with the new law in place, drivers can be caught even when on private property. It’s important for drivers to remember that the consequences of stunt driving are not worth it. By obeying the rules of the road and driving safely and responsibly, we can all do our part to keep ourselves and others safe on the road.