Stronger stunt/aggressive driving penalties in effect across Ontario

By: Whitley Newman Insurance
July 8, 2021

As of Thursday July 1st 2021, stronger stunt driving penalties are in effect across the province of Ontario. These new driving laws mean higher fines and stiffer penalties to crack down on aggressive and unsafe driving.

The threshold for stunt driving was going 50km/h or more above the posted speed limit. With the new legislation in place, stunt driving drops to 40km/h or more over in areas where the speed limit posted is less than 80km/h. On roads where the speed limit is 80km/h or higher, stunt driving remains 50km/h or more over.

Previously, if you were caught street racing or stunt driving, you could have your licence suspended and vehicle impounded for seven days. Under the new Moving Ontarians More Safely Act (MOMS), unsafe drivers can have their licence suspended for 30 days and their vehicle impounded for 2 weeks.

The minimum fine if convicted is $2,000 and can go up to as much as $10,000 as well as facing potential escalation of licence suspension.

The Moving Ontarians More Safely act (MOMS) will also include previously promised improvements to the towing industry and to do more to protect highway workers. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario also passed other changes to provincial laws that will come into effect at a later date.

The content in this article is for information purposes only and is not intended to be relied upon as professional or expert advice.

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