Stiffer licence suspension if nabbed for stunt driving

Licence suspension climbs to 30 days

A heads up to road warriors in Ontario.

If you are going to put the pedal to the metal, the consequences for being charged with stunt driving are more severe as of Sunday.

The previous seven day licence suspension is now 30 days.

This is part of changes made under the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act.

Some of the new rules kicked in July 1, including how fast a driver can go over the speed limit on some roads before it will be considered stunt driving. Anyone caught driving 40 km/h or more above the speed limit where the maximum is less than 80 km/h will face stunt driving charges. Before July 1, a stunt driving charge on those roads wouldn’t happen unless the driver was clocked going more than 50 km/h above the posted speed limit.

The rules don’t change for highways and roads where the speed limit is 80 km/h or higher.

Motorists nabbed for stunt driving now get their vehicle impounded for 14 days. The previous penalty was one week.

What else kicked in on July 1 was tougher driver’s licence suspensions for motorists convicted of stunt driving.

  •  For a first offence, a minimum of one to three years
  •  For a second offence, a minimum of three to 10 years
  •  For a third offence, a lifetime suspension that may be reduced at a later date to be established by regulation, and
  •  For fourth and subsequent offences, a lifetime driver’s licence suspension.