The provincial government has introduced legislation to impose harsher penalties for speeding and stunt driving. It says stunt driving offences have been on the rise since 2015, with a large spike seen last year. The legislation would double roadside vehicle impoundment times from seven to 14 days and increase roadside driver’s licence suspensions to 30 days from a week. The bill also introduces escalating post-conviction licence suspensions, up to a life-time ban for a fourth infraction.
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Here is yesterday’s announcement:
- The number of driver’s licence suspensions issued at roadside for street racing/stunt driving increased 130 per cent between 2013 and 2019.
- Roadside driver’s licence suspensions for street racing/stunt driving increased an additional 52 per cent between March and August 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. Nearly five per cent of drivers suspended during this period had one or more previous suspensions in the previous five years.
- Young drivers aged 16-25 represented only 19 per cent of drivers involved in collisions between March and June 2020 but 42 per cent of drivers involved in collisions with a police-recorded speed of 50 kilometres per hour (km/h) or more above the posted limit.
Today, I introduced the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act.
If passed, this legislation will strengthen penalties for stunt driving and street racing.
The message to drivers is clear: driving is a privilege, and those who threaten the safety of others have no place on our roads. pic.twitter.com/pUenZNAFnj
— Caroline Mulroney (@C_Mulroney) April 26, 2021
Photo Credit: Ontario Legislature via CPAC