CAA poll finds more than half of Ontarians admit to driving dangerously

The survey also found few Ontario drivers aware of all the offences that constitute stunt driving

With another long weekend at hand, we will be hearing lots about driving safely, including a CAA survey that found half of Ontarians polled admitting to driving dangerously.

Fifty-five per cent said they do.

Ninety-five per cent said they’ve seen it.

Everything from speeding to distracted driving to unsafe lane changes and aggressive driving.

The survey also found just a quarter of Ontario drivers are aware of all the offences that could be considered stunt driving.

“Many motorists think stunt driving is just a combination of excessive speeding and doing reckless tricks, but it also includes aggressive behaviours such as road rage and weaving through traffic,” said Raymond Chan, manager of government relations at CAA SCO.

As of July 1, 2021, increased stunt driving penalties have been implemented in Ontario under the Moving Ontarians More Safely (MOMS) Act. Drivers face longer vehicle impoundments and may be charged with stunt driving when travelling in excess of 40km/h on roads where the posted speed limit is under 80km/h. As well those who drive 50km/h or more over the posted speed on roads where the speed limit is 80km/h or more, can result in stunt driving charges.

Further penalties are expected to come into effect this fall, including longer licence suspensions and new escalating sanctions for repeat offenders.

Of those surveyed, three quarters (74 per cent) agree that stricter penalties and increased fines for stunt driving would help discourage drivers from driving dangerously.

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