Charges for racing and stunt driving have increased at of July 1, 2021 and the OPP is reminding motorists to practice safe and responsible driving.
Two updates have been made to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) impacting enforcement for speeding / aggressive driving, including an increase in vehicle impoundment penalties as well as decreasing the speed threshold for street racing on municipal roadways.
Individuals charged with street racing / stunt driving offences now face an increased impoundment penalty of 14 days, up from a week, as well as a seven-day license suspension.
The speed threshold for racing / stunt driving on roads with a posted speed limit below 80 km/hr has also been reduced; drivers caught travelling 40 km/hr or more above the posted speed limit can now face racing / stunt driving charges. Roads with a posted speed limit of 80 km/hr or higher maintain the current threshold of travelling 50 km/hr or more above the speed limit.
The changes, which were made under the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act.