What Qualifies as Stunt Driving in Ontario? A Comprehensive Guide

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The laws regarding stunt driving in Ontario underwent some changes in 2021. The introduction of the MOMS Act (Moving Ontarians More Safely Act) increased penalties for stunt driving across Ontario. 

What is classified as stunt driving in Ontario?

The definition of Stunt Driving in Ontario, under section 172 (1) of the Highway Traffic Act, is “No person shall drive a motor vehicle on a highway in a race, or contest, while performing a stunt, or on a bet or wager.”

The term “stunt driving” defines the following driving acts and behaviours:

  1. Speeding above 40 km/hr on a road with a speed limit of under 80 km/hr
  2. Speeding above 50 km/hr on a highway with a speed limit of 80 km/hr or more
  3. Excessive speeding, street racing, and participation in dangerous driving practices in a motor vehicle 
  4. Driving at a speed of 150 km/hr or faster
  5. Tire squealing, burnouts, or driving with the intention to cause some or all tires to lose traction
  6. Intentionally cutting off another driver or driving too close to another driver
  7. Doing “stunts” on the road, such as doughnuts, drifting, or driving with the intention to spin
  8. Not allowing other drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians to pass, change directions, or have the right of way
  9. Driving your vehicle while not in the driver’s seat
  10. Driving with a person in the trunk of your vehicle 
  11. Driving without regard for road conditions and driving circumstances
  12. Popping wheelies or driving with the intention to lift some or all of your tires from the surface

Stunt Driving Penalties

Stunt driving penalties can be severe if found guilty of Stunt Driving in Ontario. 

  • Roadside 30 days license suspension
  • Roadside 14-day impoundment of the vehicle
  • Six demerit points will be assessed against your license if convicted
  • A fine between $2000 and $10,000
  • A possible jail sentence of up to 6 months
  • Additional license suspension of a minimum of 1 year, if convicted

Dangerous driving behaviours are criminal offences

It is essential to know the costs of speeding and aggressive driving and the penalties you could face if you get convicted. 

Once you are issued a student driving ticket, you will immediately be issued a thirty-day roadside license suspension, and your vehicle will be impounded for fourteen days at your own expense. 

Upon conviction of stunt driving:

You get six demerit points towards your license and receive a fine between $2000-$10000, with a possible suspension of your driver’s license for up to 2 years with an automatic license suspension of 1 year if convicted. 

If convicted, your insurance can be affected for three years or more.

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