17-year-old girl among three drivers charged with Stunt Driving near Orillia

Speed thresholds and the length of vehicle impoundment changed July 1

Stunt driving charges have been laid against three drivers in three days in the Orillia area – a 17-year-old girl among them.

On July 1, an officer was conducting radar speed enforcement on Line 3, Oro-Medonte, when a vehicle was observed travelling at a high rate of speed in a 50 km/h zone. The vehicle was stopped and the driver, a 57-year-old Oro-Medonte man, was charged with Race a Motor Vehicle – Excessive Speed.

That same day, an officer observed a vehicle departing at a high rate of speed. The officer followed the vehicle on Uhthoff Line, Severn. It was clocked at 50 km/h above the 80 km/h speed limit. A 17-year-old girl was charged with Race a Motor Vehicle – Excessive Speed.

Then, on July 3, an officer was on patrol on Horseshoe Valley Road in Oro-Medonte when a vehicle was spotted travelling at more than 40 km/h over the posted 70 km/h speed limit. A 27-year-old male from Oro-Medonte was charged with Race a Motor Vehicle – Excessive Speed.

Two changes to the Highway Traffic Act took effect July 1 as a result of the Moving Ontarians More Safely (MOMS) Act, which received royal assent on June 3, 2021. The first change is an increase in the vehicle impoundment period to 14 days. The second is the introduction of a lower speed threshold for street racing offenders on municipal roads. On roads with a posted speed limit of less than 80 km/h, drivers caught travelling 40 km/h over the speed limit now face racing/stunt driving charges.